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Private hire operators

If you wish to apply for a PHO licence you will need to use a premise within the borough of Darlington and hold the appropriate planning permission.

If you are not a licensed taxi driver you will need to apply for a Basic DBS.

The application requires to be accompanied with the following documents:

  • Right to work check for all directors only one time check.
  • Planning consent evidence that you have this, and we will check this with the Planning Department for any restrictions been placed.
  • Public/Employer Liability require insurance documentation covering the amount of 5 million
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Passengers policy documented evidence of this.
  • Policy on employing ex offenders documented evidence of this.
  • Lists of all vehicles including make/model/registration that are being operated with a list of drivers, including name, licence numbers.

Directors to produce Safeguarding Awareness Training if not a current licensed driver.

Licences can be granted for either one year or five years and the appropriate fee will apply.

New PHO will require to book a knowledge test.

All the above documentation will also need to be provided at each renewal.

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