Manchester City Council

Replacement vehicle - hackney carriage/private hire

  1. Summary

    A hackney carriage/private vehicle can be replaced at any time during the licence period. 

    You licence is at risk if you do not renew it before the date of expiry‚Äč regardless if you are also replacing the vehicle. All renewal applications must be made and payment received 10 working days prior to the date of expiry of the licence.  Your licence is at risk if you do not renew prior to the date of expiry; a new application will need to be submitted if your licence has expired (*except in the case of hackney carriage vehicle proprietor licence). *A new application for a hackney carriage vehicle proprietor licence cannot be submitted – your licence is at risk if you do not renew it before the date of expiry regardless if you are also replacing the vehicle.

    If you are buying a vehicle that has previously been licensed the application will not be able to be progressed until the previous plate is assigned to a new vehicle.

    The replacement vehicle:

    • Hackney carriage - must be an approved make and model under the current Manchester hackney carriage vehicle policy.  When a vehicle is first licensed (including a replacement vehicle) it is expected to meet
      (and maintain) the current (*Euro 6) or immediate previous Euro emission standard (**Euro 5). This standard
      must be maintained throughout the period that the specified vehicle is licensed.
      *Euro 5 - Applied new passenger car approvals from 2009 - most new registrations from 2011;
      **Euro 6 - Applied new passenger car approvals from September 2014 - most new registrations from September 2015; and
      ***TX vehicles
    • Swivel seats – are mandatory in all hackney carriage vehicles, if the vehicle has been retro-fitted with a swivel seat, then this must have been properly fitted and have the correct certification from Allied vehicles or garages approved by Allied vehicles;
    • Private hire – must conform to the private hire colour policy (true silver /white) and the current age policy (less than 7 years old).
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    Write off vehicles - where a vehicle has been previously written off, copies of the following must accompany the application and the originals must be produced at the garage on the day of the test.

    • a report from the insurance company detailing all accident damage to the vehicle; and 
    • a report from a 'Vehicle Engineer', which provides evidence that all accident damage has been inspected and has been repaired to VOSA standard.
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    If you have any enquiries before purchasing a vehicle or submitting your application relating to vehicle specification, colour, age or seating arrangements, please contact the test centre directly on 0161 856 2047, 2048, 2045 or 1860.

  2. Fees

    Replacement vehicle £148 (during currency of licence) plus £60 for a vehicle test

  3. Application, guidance notes or terms and condition

    Before you purchase a replacement vehicle you need to read, complete and submit one of these documents with the relevant replacement application:

    If you are submitting a new or replacement vehicle application you must complete a vehicle suitability questionnaire for private hire or vehicle compatibility questionnaire for a hackney carriage and submit this with your application.

    You can now renew and replace your vehicle at the same time using the online form vehicle renewal (replacement vehicle) or you can replace your vehicle at any time during the licence period by completing and submitting the application form and guidance.  

    Policies - these are the various policy document that you need to be aware of:

    Hackney carriage and private hire vehicles are exempt from a MoT. If you require a certificate of exemption please visit the government website to obtain a V112.

    Had an accident?

    If you have had an accident and the hackney carriage or private hire vehicle is damaged that affects the safety, performance or appearance of the vehicle then this must be reported to us.

    The owner of the hackney carriage or private hire vehicle licensed by us must report the accident. This should be done as soon as reasonably practicable, and in any case within 72 hours.

  4. Attachments required

    • The log book V5C (vehicle registration document), this must be in your name and current address. A photocopy of the V5C can be provided with your application;   
    • If the vehicle is BRAND NEW from a showroom, the log book V5C or invoice (Bill of Sale, will need to include the VAT number, Vehicle Vin and Engine Numbers), from the dealership AND a letter from the dealership stating the vehicle is brand new with delivery mileage only - maximum delivery mileage permitted is 200 miles;
    • Write off vehicles - documentation as stated within the summary section; 
    • Swivel seats - installation certificate and associated receipt;
    • Preferred date and time for vehicle test appointment; and
    • Your suitability questionnaire (Private Hire) or the compatibility questionnaire (Hackney Carriage) - you can either upload within this application or send it via email to taxi.licensing@manchester.gov.uk, if you send it as an email, then please ensure you include your name and plate number within the subject field of the email; your application can not be progressed until the completed questionnaire have been received.
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    Documents that must be produced at the garage - these must be original documents:

    • Valid insurance certificate;
    • Documentation as stated above if the vehicle has been previously categorised as a 'write-off'; and
    • Swivel seat installation certification and associated receipt.
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  5. Processing and timescales

    We aim to process your application within 10 working days

  6. Legislation

    All vehicles must be less than 10 years old at date of application or less than 12 years old if an approved emissions kit is fitted; an approved make and model; have maximum 6 passenger seats; road taxed with DVLA and have valid insurance to carry fare paying passengers.

  7. Validity and renewals

    12 months

    Please note: All renewal applications must be made and payment received 10 working days prior to the date of expiry of the licence. Your licence is at risk if you do not renew prior to the date of expiry; a new application will need to be submitted if your licence has expired (*except in the case of hackney carriage vehicle proprietor licence). *A new application for a hackney carriage vehicle proprietor licence CANNOT BE SUBMITTED – your licence is at risk if you do not renew it before the date of expiry regardless if you are also replacing the vehicle.

  8. Complaints

    Email taxi.licensing@manchester.gov.uk in the first instance

  9. Email

    taxi.licensing@manchester.gov.uk

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