Taxi Licensing Policy Consultation

Closed 4 Jan 2021

Opened 10 Nov 2020


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We would like to hear your thoughts on our draft Taxi Licensing Policy.

The Policy sets out how we propose to regulate taxis (hackney carriage vehicles) and minicabs (private hire vehicles) across Buckinghamshire (excluding Milton Keynes). As the local authority, we are responsible for licensing hackney carriage drivers and the operators and drivers of private hire vehicles.

We recognise that most people use the word ‘taxi’ to describe both types of vehicle, so we will use it in that way and make distinctions where relevant.

The Policy incorporates national legislation and best practice. It also reflects the feedback we received in our recent public survey and our discussions with the local taxi trade. Our main priorities are public safety, working effectively with taxi services and reflecting customer needs. In the Policy we aim to balance the needs of passengers and those of local taxi operators and drivers.

In this consultation we focus on aspects of the Policy that most affect passengers and have the greatest impact on how taxis operate. But you are invited to comment about any part of the Policy that’s important to you. Please review the draft Taxi Licensing Policy and summary document below.

How to take part

Please take a few minutes to complete the short online survey below. If you would prefer to complete a printed version of the survey, please email us on or call us on 01494 421222.


We will use the information you provide here only for the purpose of this consultation. We will store the information securely in line with data protection laws and will not share or publish any personal information. Please visit the Privacy page to read our full privacy notice.

What happens next?

Once the consultation closes, we will review all the feedback and make any relevant adjustments to the draft Policy. In early 2021, our Licensing Committee will review the final draft Policy and decide whether to recommend its adoption.


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