Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles

In Mole Valley, there are two different types of licensed vehicle in operation.

Taxis (or hackney carriages)

  • can be hired on the street or at taxi ranks
  • display a roof sign that says 'TAXI' or 'For Hire'
  • do not need to be pre-booked over the phone
  • have a yellow licence plate on the rear bumper of the vehicle
  • have a smaller yellow plate inside the vehicle on display

Private hire vehicles

  • are not permitted to have a roof sign that displays 'TAXI' or 'FOR HIRE'
  • bookings made through a licensed operator
  • display a red licence plate on the rear bumper
  • fares agreed in advance and relayed to the driver who picks you up
  • must be pre-booked before they can be used

Applying for a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers Licence

To apply for a drivers licence you will need to a 'Drivers Pack'. If you want to come into our Pippbrook offices in Dorking and collect a Drivers Pack you will need to phone 01306 879234 to make an appointment and pay £10.  Alternatively you can download the Drivers Pack for free from the downloads section below.

You will also need to to license the vehicle, application forms are available from our Pippbrook offices. If you are licensing a Hackney Carriage for the first time it will need to be wheelchair accessible, a Private Hire vehicle does not need to be wheelchair accessible for licensing.

Any new licensed vehicle will need to be six years old or younger.

Full information can be obtained from calling 01306 879234 or email

Taxi Tariff

The published Tariff (see 'Downloads') is the current maximum charge for all taxi journeys started in the district. This has remained the same since 19 May 2014 and is currently (November 2018) under review following an approach by the Hackney Carriage Trade.

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