Taxi licensing

We are responsible for licensing of the following within the Mansfield district:

  • Private Hire Operators
  • Private Hire Vehicles
  • Hackney Carriage Vehicles
  • Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Vehicle Drivers.

Compulsory checks

You can have confidence in using taxis licensed by us. We do the following compulsory checks:

  • All Mansfield District Council licensed drivers are required to complete an annual driving licence check with the DVLA to ensure they hold a full valid licence to drive, as well as a DVLA Group 2 medical examination to ensure they are fit enough to drive.
  • The Immigration Act 2016 now places a requirement on all local licensing authorities to perform right to work checks on all new driver applications it receives.
  • Mansfield District Council and Nottinghamshire Police require all drivers to attend a safeguarding course which helps drivers identify vulnerable groups and how to report any incidents involving such groups.
  • To reassure the public and provide them with confidence whilst using vehicles we license all drivers are required to display their driver's badge in a prominent place and provide their details upon request.
  • As an additional safeguarding measure, we annually check a drivers DBS certificate.
  • It is an essential requirement that all drivers undertake and pass a local knowledge test.

Regulatory Point Scheme

We operate a Regulatory Point Scheme for any offence or breach of condition by licensed drivers, vehicles and operators.

If a licence holder receives more than twelve penalty points within twelve months, they will be referred to a licensing panel. The panel may issue a warning, suspend or revoke a licence, depending on the circumstances.

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy

Transportation of babies and young children

For information about when a child can travel without a car seat, see the guidelines on the website (opens in new window).

Drivers should also be aware that a child's pushchair should not be treated as a wheelchair and never be loaded into a taxi containing a child. Children should be removed from the pushchair and depending on their age be transported in the most appropriate travel seat. A child's pushchair should never be secured in a similar way to a wheelchair.

Section 33 of the Council's Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Specification document states:

A sign is required in the passenger section of the vehicle stating: "Warning: It is unsafe to carry children in pushchairs in this vehicle. Please remove your child from the pushchair before the taxi moves off."

View the Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles licensed by Mansfield District Council (opens in new window).