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Vehicle Age Policy

Following a change to the Council’s constitution, vehicles to be licensed which are more than three years old are now required to be presented to the Council’s Regulatory Committee. Please contact the Licensing Section if you have any queries regarding this.

New driver and driver renewal applications

The Council are continually striving to improve services and operate in the most efficient manner and are currently reviewing service delivery in order to make improvements and efficiencies. In Licensing we have reviewed new driver applications and driver renewal applications.

A number of changes are currently being trailled. For new drivers there is a more straightforward application process. The starting point is completing a short screening form (available below) before an appointment is made for you to attend the Civic Centre when a range of activities, checks and testing will take place.

For existing licensees renewing their driver licence the process is similar with a requirement to complete a simple form (available below) before an appointment is made to carry out the appropriate checks, testing and other associated activities.

We are seeking feedback from those who have trialled the new process so we can continue to develop better services.

Taxi Licensing - Policy update

The Council are required to change policies from time to time to reflect changes which occur outside of the normal review period for these policies.  The Council have recently changed their policies in respect of Taxi Licensing in several areas in response to the need to reflect national legislation, the need to reflect legal rulings and the need to address serious concerns in relation to public safety.  The changes include, requiring new applicants to prove they have the right to live and work in the UK, requiring all drivers to undertake Child Sexual Exploitation (‘CSE’) awareness training and the power to respond to circumstances where the Police inform the Council there is a ‘pressing social need’ to take action to protect the public.  The full changes can be examined below in the documents entitled “Hackney Carriage Driver Licences”, “Private Hire Driver Licences” and “Policy on the relevance of criminal conduct and complaints against licence holders”.

The Equality Act 2010

The following list is designated for the purposes of Section 165 of the above Act.

Current list of Wheelchair accessible Vehicles licensed by Gateshead Council (Updated 09/05/2017)  

  Hackney Carriage Driver Licences
  Private Hire Driver Licences
  Policy on the relevance of criminal conduct and complaints against licence holders
Hackney Carriage Vehicle Tariff - Updated November 2014
  New Driver Screening Form
  Driver Application Form (Renewal)
  Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Evidence Check Sheet
Vehicle Application Form (258k)
  Private Hire Operator Application Form
  Private Hire Operator Conditions
Hackney Carriage Vehicle Conditions (85k)
Private Hire Vehicle Conditions (77k)

Frequently Asked Questions(16k)

Current list of Gateshead Hackney Carriage Waiting Bays (Updated June 2014)

Minutes of Taxi Working Party Meeting (June 2012)(Agreed)

Minutes of Taxi Working Party Meeting (September 2012) (Agreed)

Minutes of Taxi Working Party Meeting (March 2013) (Agreed)

Minutes of Taxi Working Party Meeting (June 2013) (Agreed)
Minutes of Taxi Working Party Meeting (November 2013) (Agreed)
Minutes of Taxi Working Party Meeting (March 2014) (Agreed)
Minutes of Taxi Working Party Meeting (October 2014) (Agreed)
Minutes of Taxi Working Party Meeting (February 2015) (Draft)

Contact Us

Licensing
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street
Gateshead
NE8 1HH

Email: licensing@gateshead.gov.uk
Phone: 0191 433 4741

Tel: 0191 433 4741
Fax: 0191 477 4827

Taxi Vehicle Testing 
Gateshead Council
Park Road
Gateshead
NE8 3HN

Tel: 0191 433 7433
Fax: 0191 478 1138
Minicom: 0191 478 1752