Licensing - Taxi licence

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing

Under the relevant legislation, Harlow Council is responsible for the licensing of Hackney Carriage vehicles (London style black taxis) and private hire vehicles in the Harlow area.

Hackney Carriage vehicles can be hailed in the street or they can be hired at any approved Hackney Carriage rank in the district. All private hire cars must be pre-booked through a licensed operator, an operator shall send a vehicle to the passenger for their pre-booked journey.

The main aim of licensing is to ensure the safety of the fare paying public by ensuring that the drivers, vehicles and operators all undergo their relevant checks.

Applying for a Licence

Below is information on the different types of licences:


Keep Safe Scheme logoKeep Safe

The Licensing Team at Harlow Council recognises that the Private Hire and Hackney Carriage are an important part of the public transport  system and have welcomed the introduction of the Keep Safe scheme as it is widely acknowledged that accessing transport services can prove to be difficult for older people. Extending the scheme to the Private Hire and Hackney Carriage trades will help promote more independence for older residents in the community.  

Two licensed Harlow drivers are the first to sign up to the scheme. One hackney carriage (black taxi) driver and one private hire driver, both of whom are displaying the Keep Safe sticker in their respective licensed vehicles. Keep Safe assistance will be provided in the usual way, which may include transport. Licensed drivers will still have to adhere to the conditions of their licence before providing any journey.

Find out how you can join Keep Safe

More information

For further advice or information please contact the Licensing Team.