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Hackney Carriage vehicles

Apply for a Hackney Carriage vehicle licence

A Hackney Carriage vehicle must:

  • Have a meter fitted by an approved person. It must use the tariff set by Fenland District Council. The tariff is set at full Council on behalf of the taxi trade
  • Have an illuminated roof sign which follows current policy. This means the general public will recognise the vehicle as a taxi
  • Use the meter for all journeys in the district
  • Not charge more than the maximum fare

Documents checklist

Before you apply, please ensure you have these documents saved and ready to upload during the online process:

  • Insurance Certificate / Cover Note / Fleet Cover Certificate
  • V5 Document / New Keeper Slip / Bill of Sale
  • Meter Calibration Certificate -  Hackney Carriage Vehicle Meter Certificate (PDF) [47KB] . If you have questions about the certificate, please contact:
    • Peterborough Communications on 01733 343898 / 07976 715311 or at
    • A Ashton Ltd on 07973 215655

We will check your vehicles' MOT details online. Your MOT Certificate must be dated less than 30 days at the time you submit your application. 

FDC Vehicle inspection test

Once you have submitted your application and it has been validated, you will be contacted to arrange your FDC Compliance inspection.

When you bring your vehicle to the test, please ensure:

  • It has appropriate roof signage on
  • Fitted wheel covers are removed. We need to check the wheels and number of wheel nuts

If your vehicle needs retesting following failure of the compliance inspection, the re-test fee is £40.60.


New Hackney Carriage vehicle


New Bracket


FDC Compliance test


Transfer of Vehicle Plate to another vehicle£47
Replacement Vehicle Plate (damaged or stolen)£47

How to Apply

Once you are ready to apply, please click on the relevant link below to submit your new application and pay the fee.

The fee for your renewal application will also include the FDC Compliance inspection. There is an additional charge of £47 for New licensed vehicles requiring plate and bracket.

Apply for a new Hackney Carriage vehicle licence

Licence issued

Following validation of your application and satisfactory results of any checks, we will produce your new vehicle plate and send this along with the issue letter to your home address. A copy of your paper licence will be emailed to you. All expired plates must be returned to us as soon as possible.

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