We are responsible for making sure that the taxi and private hire trade in Leeds is operated in a professional manner and that the correct standards of safety and comfort are satisfied by all licensed drivers, vehicles and operators.
We licence vehicles, drivers and operators and work to ensure that they meet the specific conditions that are placed upon their licence.
Our overriding principle is the safety of the travelling public and we are committed to contributing to a high quality transport service and continuous development and improvement within the taxi and private hire trade.
It is recognised that those who are licensed by the section are the biggest providers of transport in the evening and night time economy and safe licensing and monitoring of licensed drivers and vehicles contributes significantly to the safety of the travelling public.
The number of taxi and private hire licences issued by Leeds City Council can vary month on month, however at the end of May 2017 we had issued the following number of licences:
- 5236 private hire driver licences
- 945 Hackney carriage (taxi) driver licences
- 77 private hire operator licences
- 4409 private hire vehicle licences
- 537 Hackney carriage (taxi) vehicles
You can view our most up to date licence figures by visiting Data Mill North, which is updated monthly.
Are you aware that not all taxis are the same?
Although Hackney carriages (taxis), can be hailed in the street, private hire vehicles cruising the streets looking for customers are illegal, uninsured and potentially very dangerous. Never use any vehicle which is not licensed.
You can tell the difference between a Hackney carriage (taxi) and a private hire vehicle quite easily. Hackney carriages have an illuminated sign on their roof and they have a predominantly white body and black boot and bonnet ‘a black & white taxi’ or they will be covered in advertising, which is known as a full corporate body wrap.
Are there any safeguards when using a taxi or private hire vehicle?
Since 2016, every driver licensed by Leeds City Council must undertake an annual enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, before a licence is granted or renewed. Alongside this, we have a comprehensive convictions criteria policy in place which means licences may not be granted or renewed if a conviction is present.
Additionally, before being granted a licence all applicants to the trade must undertake and pass a driving standards assessment, English comprehension test, customer care and local knowledge training. And by the end of 2017, every licensed driver will have attended a Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) awareness session.
All of our licensed vehicles have undergone and passed stringent tests for roadworthiness to ensure they meet MOT standards and comply with the current licensing conditions before a licence is issued.
If you have any concerns, do not get into the vehicle. If you feel threatened remember to trust your instincts. If you are at all worried ask the driver to stop in a busy area and get out of the car.
Licensed drivers will not be offended if you ring home to say you are on your way and give the number of the vehicle you are in.
Be ‘taxi aware’ by following these five simple rules:
- Always pre-book: Only use a licensed taxi or pre-booked private hire vehicle.
- Wait for it to arrive: Never get into a vehicle other than the one you have booked or a Hackney carriage you have hailed in the street or at a taxi rank.
- Always check their badge: Confirm the driver is licensed and that they have a badge.
- Ride with friends: Sharing a vehicle is a great idea and always sit in the back seats.
- Enter only when sure: If you have any doubts, don’t get in and order another vehicle.
Taxi and Private Hire Licensing
225 York Road
Leeds, LS9 7RY
(Mon-Thurs, 8am to 3:30pm
Fri, 8am to 3pm
Staff training every third Tues of the month, 8am to 10am)