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Canterbury City Private Hire License

Why is it good to be licensed by Canterbury City Council.

Being a licensed taxi firm is very important to us to make sure our customer have safety and security when looking for a taxi. Always check that the taxi has been vetted by Canterbury Council as these taxies will be illegal to run and don’t have the appropriate police checks which could put you at risk. With Chestfield Cars we keep up to date to make sure all drivers have all the checks and all in date to make sure all drivers are legally allowed to take passengers to Airports and any long distance travels.

All drivers licensed by Canterbury City Council will have badges inside the vehicle.depending on if they are Hackney or private hire license the badge colors differ. for Private hire, you will be looking out for a yellow badge with the Vehicle Private Hire plate number, Canterbury City Council logo and contact number for the Council. All drivers also have a Private Hire or Hackney lanyard, which would be on show for the public to see if they are vetted, as well with the vehicle being up to Canterbury City Council standard. As Canterbury is leading with Students from Christchurch or Kent University, we like to make sure all students know if they are getting in a licensed vehicle. Canterbury Licensed Private Hire 1


To apply for a Private Hire License go to Canterbury City council website. you will need to fill out the form to apply. They would need for you to complete the following;

  1. DBS check- this is a police check on your records to make sure you have not got any convictions.
  2. Medical Check- this has to be done to make sure you are safe enough to drive customer with also a visual test.
  3. Lastly, a knowledge test this would be taken place at Canterbury City Council. You will be asked to see how your knowledge is of the area, Canterbury, Whitstable, and Herne Bay along with road signs and knowing the Private Hire license rules.

The current ruling with Canterbury City Council. The vehicle has to be maximum of 2 years old before applying for the license and has to be either white or red (any other colors you will need the Council to approve). After this, you can either apply online or visit the council directly. Once Approved for the vehicle age and color you will be instead for an inspection which they would like all high vis jackets to the maximum passengers you can hold, first aid kit, roadside triangle, nonsmoking and vaping signs in windows, fire extinguisher and lastly spare bulbs.


Again you can either visit the Canterbury City Council or apply online. You will need to have held a current EU or Uk driving license for at least 24 months and have no convictions. After completing your application and paying the fee you will be invited to an interview where they will check your documents and discuss your medical, the knowledge test and a Disclosure and Barring Service application (DBS).

they will also talk through the driving assessment and safeguarding training you are required to complete.

you have now done the hard bit and it’s all complete the final stage is paying for your operation license this is to make sure you must have the right to work within the UK. The Immigration Act 2016 requires the Department for Infrastructure to be satisfied that you have a right to work in the UK  before a license can be granted.

Being Licensed by Canterbury City Council all of the vehicles have to have MOT every 6 months. With Chestfield Cars we have regular servicing, normally once a month to make sure all vehicles are up to the highest standard for each journey to the Airports. The Checks we cover on every long journey are;


As many Taxi firms are now doing the Airport Transfers in Canterbury. Chestfield Cars just specialize in the Airport side and long distance and have been doing this for over 30 years with a lot of experience of the Airport transfer side. We know everything that comes with the Airports, to make sure everything goes smooth and efficient, with making sure all customers feel safe when traveling. Especially knowing all the vehicles are well maintained and checked regularly. All drivers have the operate checks by the Canterbury City Council. Chestfield Cars has a dedicated team to look after every booking that is made ie checking flights, roads etc to make every customers journey to run as smooth as possible.