Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle testing suspended

On the 25 March 2020 the Government announced that MOT testing for cars, vans and motorcycles will be suspended from the 30 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak and all vehicles requiring an MOT on or after that date will receive a six-month extension to their MOT.

As a result, and to reduce the risk of the spread of Covid 19, the Council will cease to undertake Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle compliance inspections from the 26 March 2020 until further notice.

At the present time, as part of our COVID-19 restrictions, the Licensing Authority will only accept applications for vehicle licences on-line. Each application must be accompanied by the V5 registration document or proof of purchase, the application fee and a current valid insurance document for the vehicle. Applications will be checked to ensure they have a current MOT certificate.

All vehicles will be required to complete a full Certificate of Compliance inspection at their next inspection in six months’ time.

We would remind all vehicle proprietors that it will be a condition of your vehicle licence that the vehicle is maintained in a roadworthy condition and this is paramount to ensure continued public safety during these difficult times.