Private Hire Operator's Licence
An individual, company or similar, who in the course of their business allows and accepts bookings for a private hire vehicle must hold a private hire operator's licence.
A private hire operator licensed by us may only operate a private hire vehicle which has been licensed by us. Likewise, the private hire vehicle may only be driven by a South Somerset District Council licensed private hire driver. All three licences (operator, vehicle and driver) must be issued by the same authority.
Duration of licence
When it has been issued, the private hire operator's licence will be valid for 5 years.
How do I apply for an operator's licence?
To apply for a private hire operator's licence you will need to:
Complete the application form
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Complete the supplementary questionnaire
Submit relevant documentation
- Right to work in the UK documentation
- Basic disclosure certificate. If one or more of the applicants aren't South Somerset District Council licensed hackney carriage/private hire drivers, they will need to submit a basic disclosure with their application.
Pay the application fee.
Private Hire Operators are required to have the following:
- A policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders
- A register of staff responsible for booking and dispatching vehicles and the licence holder must see the results of a basic disclosure for each member of staff.
The Licence Holder(s) must provide a basic disclosure certificate annually (the certificate must not be more than 3 months old at the time it is presented).
Licence Holders must inform the customer if the vehicle used to fulfil the booking is a public service vehicle (PSV)