Differences in Taxi's and Private Hire vehicles
We regulate two types of transport. These are private hire vehicles and hackney carriages (taxis).
The difference between taxis and private hire vehicles and how they can operate is:
- carry passengers who have hailed them in the street or from an authorised rank.
- Taxis can also be pre-booked.
- All taxis must be licensed by the Council
Taxi's can only operate in a particular zone. The zones reflect the boundaries of the previous district and borough councils within Cornwall. This will not change unless Cornwall Council decides to amalgamate the zones, this is subject to consultation.
Due to zones being created, each zone will still have its own policies and procedures in place for taxis. For example, three of the zones limit numerically the number of taxi vehicles and each zone will have different vehicle specifications and conditions of licence.
Private hire vehicles
- cannot be hailed in the street
- cannot sit on taxi ranks
- must be booked.
These vehicles also have to be licensed by the Council. Unlike taxis, they are not restricted to operating in certain zones and are free to operate across the whole county.
Please view the licences below. Please note that you need a separate licence for both the vehicle and the driver of the vehicle:
You will need to apply for this licence to drive a private hire vehicle.
You will need to apply for this licence to drive a taxi.
Drivers of both taxi's and private hire vehicles will need to apply for this licence.
You will need this licence if you are self employed and driving a private hire vehicle.
Information on Horse drawn carriages and other carriages.