Hackney carriage (taxi) licences

Hackney carriages (taxis) and private hire vehicles (PHVs) are licensed in a similar way, but are subject to different conditions.

If you would like to drive a hackney carriage, you can apply for a taxi licence.

Please note that the application process is the same for a new licence, for renewal, for a change, or transfer of vehicle.

Applications are not limited, and can be made at any time of year.

Alongside your application, you must submit your:

  • V5 registration book
  • a valid car insurance certificate
  • a valid MOT certificate
  • your radio equipment licence from OFCOM
  • your basic disclosure (if you are not already a licensed driver or operator)

We will check the tax status of your vehicle.

Nominated garages

Before we can grant you a licence, your vehicle must go through testing. The table below details our nominated garages within the district:

Name Address Telephone
Ainger Holbrows 115 High Street, Hadleigh, Ipswich, IP7 5EJ 01473 823286
Alpheton Garage Alpheton, Sudbury, CO10 2YG 01284 828737
Barrett-Lee Unit 3 Byford Road, Sudbury, CO10 2YG 01787 370774
Treadfirst MOT & Service Centre 4 Martins Road, Chilton Industrial Estate, Sudbury, CO10 2FT 01787 377342
Windam Garage 6 Windham Road, Chilton Industrial Estate, Sudbury, CO10 2FT 01787 372467

Taxi ranks

We have appointed ranks within the district, for taxi drivers on the public highway.

Location of rank No. of vehicles Time restriction
East Street, Sudbury 4 None
Old Market Place, Sudbury 4 None
Sudbury Railway Station 2 None

Apply for a licence

If you would like to apply for a taxi licence, please email us and request an application form.

Within your email, please state:

  • your name and address
  • your contact details
  • details of which taxi or PHV business you will be linked to, or work for