The Licensing Authority
We have a statutory duty to licence vehicles and drivers who wish to become members of the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire trade within the district of St Albans.
These powers are granted under two Acts:
• Town Police Clauses Act 1847
• Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976
Types of licence
You can download the application packs from this page using the links in the downloads section. The driver application requires the completion of the Criminal Records Bureau application form, that is only issued by ringing the Licensing Section at St Albans Council on: 01727 819453 / 819541.
The drivers licence is commonly referred to as the 'badge'. This will only be issued to drivers who have met the licensing criteria laid out in the 'Drivers Application Pack'. A licence is issued for a period of 3 years or less.
The vehicle licence is normally referred to as a 'plate'. The 'Vehicle Application Pack' details the criteria vehicles must comply with to be licensed. A licence is issued for a period of 1 year or less.
The operator licence is issued to an individual or company that offers a service of pre-booking fares. This can be done by telephone or by application form and is relevant for both hackney carriage and private hire companies / drivers. A licence is issued for 1 year.