Proposed changes to taxi and private hire licence fees
As part of our draft budget for 2023/24, we are proposing to increase most fees and charges by 10% in order to cover the costs of the service being charged for.
However, we understand the pressure of rising costs and recognise some businesses and individuals would find a 10% increase unaffordable.
We are therefore proposing an increase of just 5% to most taxi and private hire licence fees, which is below inflation so represents a real-terms cut in prices.
The new fees would take effect from April 2023 and are shown below.
|2022/23 fee||Proposed 2023/24 fee||Proposed increase|
|Private hire vehicle initial||£309.25||£324.71||5%|
|Private hire vehicle renewal||£262.28||£275.39||5%|
|7th additional year exceptional condition further inspection fee||£109.28||£114.74||5%|
|Electric power taxi||£143.69||£150.87||5%|
|Electric power private hire||£140.97||£148.02||5%|
|LPG/CNG power private hire||£140.97||£148.02||5%|
|Taxi driver initial||£267.80||£281.12||5%|
|Private hire driver initial||£267.80||£281.19||5%|
|Licence check for new drivers||£10.60||£11.13||5%|
|Taxi driver renewal||£86.88||£91.22||5%|
|Private hire driver renewal||£85.23||£89.49||5%|
|Private hire operators (valid 2 years) – per vehicle||£59.02||£61.97||5%|
|Transfer of temporary vehicle (loan vehicles)||£140.38||£147.40||5%|
|Meter test (taxi)||£66.85||£70.19||5%|
|Taxi driver knowledge test||£80.23||£84.24||5%|
|Taxi driver knowledge test (resit)||£80.23||£84.24||5%|
|If taxi fare increase agreed by council, all meters to be tested within two months||£59.07||£62.02||5%|
|Taxi plates – external||£40.12||£42.13||5%|
|Taxi plates – internal||£26.72||£28.06||5%|
|Private hire corporate window plates (per pair)||£33.42||£35.09||5%|
|Replacing of vehicles||£140.38||£147.40||5%|
|Motorcycle private hire||£267.33||£280.70||5%|
|Dual drive badge fee||£130.35||£136.87||5%|
|Replacement fee for lost driver’s badge||£6.70||£7.37||10%|
|Replacement fee for lost vehicle plates||£13.39||£14.73||10%|
|Replacement fee for lost driver log books||£13.39||£14.73||10%|
|Charge for approval of advertising||£86.88||£95.57||10%|
This consultation on these proposals closed on Thursday 2 March 2023. All the feedback we receive will be reported to councillors who will set the budget for the coming year.
Published: 11 November 2022