Taxi licences

We are responsible for licensing taxis in the New Forest. This includes hackney carriage and private hire drivers, vehicles and operators.

Any vehicle carrying eight or fewer passengers for hire or reward must be licensed, and can only be driven by a licensed driver. Both licences must be issued by the same council. A private hire vehicle must receive its work from a licensed operator from the same council.

Hampshire County Council (HCC) have started work on a major scheme to improve the junctions along the A326 (South) between Marchwood and Fawley. Work started 28 June 2021 and is expected to last for several months. Please expect delays during this time and plan your journeys as appropriate. For information on the scheme visit HCC's transport scheme webpage.

From 1 September 2021, Southampton City Council (SCC) have introduced a charge for non-Southampton licensed vehicles. This means you may be fined if you use a bus lane in Southampton. For information please visit SCC's bus lane changes webpage. Please direct any queries to SCC.

Apply for a taxi driver licence for hackney carriage vehicles and private hire vehicles.
Apply for a taxi vehicle licence for hackney carriages and private hire vehicles.
A private hire operator licence is needed to accept bookings and dispatch licensed private hire vehicles.
Locate a taxi rank to hire a taxi licensed by the council.
On this page you will find basic guidance for those operating taxis (hackney and private hire) or self-employed taxi drivers during the coronavirus pandemic.

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