Rossendale Borough Council

Hackney carriage/private hire driver licences

Taxi Licensing Information

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Information for Taxi Licensing

All new Private Hire and Hackney Carriage drivers are required to complete and pass Basic Skills Test as part of the application process.  We are only accepting new applications for those who have successfully completed the Basic Skills Test.

Currently we are processing renewals as normal 

We are currently processing applications received on:

New badge applications: 20/04/2017

New plates:  15/05/2017
Renewal plates:  15/05/2017
Transfers (Vehicle detail changes): 15/05/2017
Changes of Ownership:  15/05/2017

As of the 16th of May 2017 the next available appointment for the Knowledge and Conditions Test is the 31st of July 2017.

Please note all 3 of the approved MOT testing stations within Rossendale are very busy. To ensure that your renewal plates are issued on time please book your MOT and Rossendale Test at least 2 months prior to your plate’s expiry date.

Please do not ring us to enquire about your application if your full, complete and final submission was submitted after this date.

Please note your vehicle application will not be processed until your driver licence has been issued.

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Taxi enquiries are only taken between 9.00am & 12.00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Applications for new and renewal licences, including changes of vehicle, ownership and other transfers can be submitted to the application box based in the One Stop Shop between 9am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday, but please note our later opening time on a Tuesday of 9:15am.
Rossendale Borough Council does not send out information/application packs or other forms.  These must be obtained from our website.

Please note that a hackney carriage always remains a hackney carriage. It must adhere to the rules and regulations laid by Rossendale Council and can only be driven by drivers licensed by Rossendale Council. Rossendale Borough Council would expect licensed hackney carriages to predominantly operate within the Borough of Rossendale.

Firstly, we have implemented a Hackney Carriage Intended ‘Use’ policy (adopted at 24th February 2016 Council).  Any applications for a new hackney carriage vehicle licence where there is no intention to use the vehicle predominantly in the Borough of Rossendale are refused. Since this we have also refined and clarified our Intended Use Policy which means that applicants for a Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence whose address is beyond a 30 mile radius of the designated point in our borough will not normally be granted as it would be reasonably and defensibly presumed that the vehicle will not be predominantly working in the Borough of Rossendale.


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Taxi Licensing

 Driver Information

 Vehicle Information

Other Applications 

First time & New drivers

New vehicle licences 

Change of ownership 

Renewal drivers

Renewal vehicle licences

Change of vehicle detail



Change of address



Notification of accident

We currently have 4 Private Hire Operators Licenced;

Uber Britannia Limited, The Business Centre, Room 108, Futures Park, Bacup, Rossendale, OL13 0BB.

Classic Elegance, 79 Broadway, Helmshore, Rossendale, BB4 4ES.

Club Radio Cars Manchester Ltd, The Business Centre, Room 102, Futures Park, Bacup, Rossendale, OL13 0BB.

Intime Private Hire, The Business Centre, Room 103, Futures Park, Bacup, Rossendale, OL13 0BB

Telephone: 01706217777 Option 7

The Business Centre, Futures Park, Bacup, Lancashire, OL13 0BB