Weymouth and Portland Private Hire / Hackney Carriage Licensing
Information on Private Hire and Hackney Carriage licensing for Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.
Hackney Carriage and Private Hire
The basic difference between hackney carriages and private hire vehicles is that hackney carriages are permitted to work from the various ranks in the town and can also be hailed in the street.
Private hire vehicles are only available by prior booking through a private hire office and are not allowed to be hailed in the street.
In order to help to distinguish between the two types of vehicle hackney carriages have yellow licence plates on the backs of their vehicles and private hire have blue plates.
New Taxi Open House Hours
As was notified to ALL drivers in the Summer Newsletter in July, we are now a combined team with our West Dorset District Council licensing colleagues. Staff will be combined in one location, namely the Council Offices, North Quay, Weymouth with a two day surgery in Dorchester.
A series of 'Walk in Surgeries' will continue at Weymouth, with the added options to visit us in Dorchester or making an appointment at either office. As no objections or other proposals were received to the new suggested hours the following will be implemented from Tuesday, 2 January 2013:
Weymouth: Monday and Thursday - 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm - open house
Dorchester: Wednesday and Friday - 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm - appointments only
You will also be able to make appointments for other days for urgent matters.
It will be more important than ever to telephone prior to your arrival at our offices to ensure a member of staff is available.
Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles
The following taxi drivers offer wheelchair accessible vehicles
Mr S Burt - Tel: 07791534415
Mr T Jarman - Tel: 07739366326 or 01305 775151 (Bee Cars)