Hackney Carriage Vehicles

Mid Sussex District Council is an authority that restricts the amount of Hackney Carriages that it licences. The limit has been set at 154 which has been reached, and so no further licences can be issued.

The council licence a wide variety of vehicles as Hackney Carriages.

This includes saloon cars, estate cars, MPV's, mini buses, London Taxis, Euro Cabs and other vehicles which have been converted for the carriage of passengers.

24% of the Mid Sussex District Council licensed Hackney Carriage fleet are wheelchair /disabled accessible vehicles.

Mid Sussex District Council now has an age and livery requirement for the vehicles it licenses, this will come in to effect on 01st October 2017 and 01st October 2022 respectively. Please see policy document under the download and links section for more details.

All Mid Sussex District Council licensed Hackney Carriages must display an illuminated roof sign with the word ‘Taxi' displayed on it to show that the vehicle is available for hire. This sign must be connected to a Taxi Meter calibrated to the current authorised Mid Sussex District Council tariffs which is used to calculate the fare for a journey. When the meter is operating the roof sign is extinguished showing that the vehicle is no longer available for hire. 

The current Hackney Tariff Card must be on display in the vehicle.

Due to the fluctuation in fuel prices, the council has authorised proprietors of Hackney Carriages licensed by the council to charge a fuel surcharge when the price of fuel reaches certain levels (see Tariff Card). This surcharge is discretionary and is the maximum amount a driver can charge. 

Vehicle Requirements

Because the vehicles are used for the carriage of paying customers the council must be satisfied that they are mechanically sound, regularly maintained, clean, safe and accessible to the public.

All new vehicles and vehicles with less than 10000 miles on the milometer before being licensed are checked by the Licensing Officer to ensure that they comply with the various Regulations, Bye Laws and local Conditions laid down for their use.  All other vehicles must undergo and pass a Council Fitness Test, which must be conducted at one of the two council authorised testing stations.

  • Mr MOT, Teknol House, Victoria Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 9LG, Tel 01444 254000.
  • Supreme Clutch Services, The Forge, London Road, Felbridge, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 2RQ, Tel 01342 313136.
  • Parkers Garage, 12 Bridge Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1UA, Tel 01444 474611. 

This test consists of an MOT test and various other items which take into account the visible appearance of the inside and outside of the vehicle, also items such as:

  • The carriage of a spare wheel
  • Presence of a Fire Extinguisher and First Aid kit.
  • The correct operation of Taxi Meters and Signs.

(See testing schedule for full details of items tested)

All vehicles with more than 10000 miles on the odometer and are up to three years of age from the date of first registration will be subject to an annual fitness test.

All vehicles aged from three years will be subject to two fitness tests a year (at 6 monthly intervals)

Once a vehicle has been passed as fit for use as a Hackney Carriage the proprietor must produce the following documentation to the Taxi Licensing Officer before the vehicle can be licensed.

  • A completed Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence application form
  • V5 vehicle registration document (showing correct proprietor details)
  • A current Insurance Certificate (showing that the vehicle is insured for the appropriate use)
  • A current MOT certificate (required for all vehicles aged 1 year and over)
  • A current Council Fitness Certificate (for all vehicles with more than 6000 miles on the milometer)
  • The appropriate licence fee

Once a vehicle has been licensed as a Hackney Carriage the proprietor will be issued with a paper licence plus two plates for the vehicle. These plates are colour coded with white coloured plates issued to Hackney Carriages. These plates display details of the Licensing Authority, the Licence number, the vehicle details and the validity dates of the licence. The small plate which is double sided must be displayed on the windscreen inside of the vehicle. The larger plate must be displayed externally on the rear of the vehicle below the level of the bottom edge of the rear windscreen.

Mid Sussex District Council use the VIP system of vehicle plating and all component parts required to plate a vehicle can be purchased from the reception area in the main council building.

Vehicle plating is carried out once a week (normally on a Friday morning) at the Council offices.

For licence renewals all the necessary paperwork must be received 14 days before the expiry date of the licence to ensure reissue.

For changes of vehicles, provided the necessary documentation has been delivered to the Licensing Office no later than mid-day on Monday the vehicle will be plated on the Friday.

The Licensing Officer will plate vehicles on other days but only in an emergency e.g. replacement vehicle for one that has been involved in an accident. 

All vehicles presented for plating must have the appropriate VIP fittings securely attached in the correct position on the rear of the vehicle.


Taxi Policy Document

Application Forms

Contact Details

Telephone: 01444 477335
Email: taxilicensing@midsussex.gov.uk