We're responsible for regulating the number of taxis or
Hackney Carriages in the borough. We do this through a
licensing scheme which also ensures that taxis are safe
and suitable and that the charges are fair.
Similar controls are in place for private hire vehicles or
minicabs and their drivers.
In Rochdale, the 2 types of vehicles licensed - Hackney
Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles - are easily distinguished
from each other by the fact that Hackney Carriages are either
purpose built 'London style' black cabs, or white saloons with a
The basic difference between the 2 vehicles is that Hackney
Carriages can be 'flagged down' on the street or at a rank and
Private Hire Vehicles must be pre-booked through an
operator. If a Private Hire Driver accepts a fare off the
street without it being pre-booked, they are liable to
prosecution. It's also important to note that anyone taking a
journey in a Private Hire Vehicle which has been flagged down is
not insured for the journey.
See the fees
and charges for 2015 - 2016 (10kb pdf)
Choose the appropriate licence from the list below to start your
You'll also need to provide 2 character references from people
you have known for 2 or more years on the character
reference form (29kb doc)
To apply for a Private/Public Hire Drivers Application you must
comply with the following:
There are 4 stages for this application:
When you are ready to apply come along to a licensing
counter drop-in session. Please note: Original
documents MUST be produced for every application
You must bring the following documents to your
If you have sold your plated vehicle to another licensed driver,
please complete the change of ownership and relinquish of interest
forms and bring them with the relevant documents (as stated in the
form) to a drop-in session.
If you own a plated vehicle and wish to change the vehicle on
that plate, please complete the change of vehicle form and
bring it with the relevant documents (as stated in the form)
to a drop-in session.
If you own a Hackney Carriage plate above the number 100, please
contact us before completing any of the forms.
Number One Riverside
Rochdale OL16 1XU
Licensing counter drop-in sessions.
Monday: 9am-11am and 2pm-4pm
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday:9am-11am and 2pm-4pm