ROCHDALE
BOROUGH
COUNCIL
NEIGHBOURHOODS
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Mark Widdup
Director of Neighbourhoods
PUBLIC PROTECTION SERVICE
Floor 3, Number One Riverside,
Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU
Tel: (01706) 924114
Fax: 0844 332 0324
Email:licensing.reg@rochdale.gov.uk
Web site: www.rochdale.gov.uk
PRIVATE HIRE DRIVERS LICENCE FIRST APPLICATION
Privacy Notice (how we use your information);
Rochdale Borough Council, as the Licensing Authority, collects and records the personal data that you
provide in this form, along with any supporting documentation, in order to process your licence
application to regulate private hire and hackney carriage licensing activities within the Borough.
Appropriate measures are in place to protect your personal data. We may share your information with
other Council Services and organisations that can support our work. The full Privacy Notice provides
information about your rights under current data protection legislation and details what will happen to
your personal data, can be found on the Council’s website at www.rochdale.gov.uk/privacy
Notes for guidance:
To apply for a Private Hire Drivers Licence you must comply with the following: -
You must have held a current full ordinary drivers licence (not a provisional) for a full 12 months
You are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply unless it is a FULL 12 months
Certificate of Good Conduct if you have been living in the UK for less than 5 consecutive years at
the time of application for a new licence you will also need to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from
the Embassy/High Commission in the Country or Countries in which you resided. This document must
be a certified translation, if the original Embassy Certificate is not in English. The document must also
be under 3 months old from its date of issue.
Asylum seekers who hold a Home Office issued application registration document together with a
verification letter from the Home Office’s Employer Checking Service stating that the named individual
is permitted to work in the UK, will be exempt from the requirement to submit a Certificate of Good
Conduct.
Are you over 21 years old?
Persons under 21 must attend an under-21 interview. Please advise the admin staff of your age
and they will assist you.
Have you any convictions?
You will need to discuss any convictions initially with admin staff and they will advise you or refer
you to the appropriate officer.
Have you a medical condition?
You will need to discuss any medical condition with initially the admin staff and they will advise you
or refer to the appropriate officer.
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There are four stages for this application:
STAGE ONE: Book A New Driver Appointment by E mail or Phone
Bring the following to your New Driver Appointment at Licensing Service counter:-
An application form – completed in full.
A completed Statutory Declaration Form (sworn before a Solicitor or Commissioner for
Oaths). Alternatively this can be done with us for an additional fee.
Photocard or Paper Licence (issued pre-1998) alongside DVLA information, printed
from the DVLA website
The Licence fee of £110.00 (please note payment must be made by credit/debit card)
Proof of National Insurance Number i.e. a National Insurance card/Payslip
One colour passport size photograph of yourself which must be identical. The photo
must be full face without a hat or sunglasses, taken on a white, cream or pale
background.
Original EU/EEA* Passport- *If you do not hold a current EEA Passport, you will need to
provide evidence that you are entitled to remain in this country indefinitely and able to
work
One recent utility bill stating your name and address (e.g. gas, electricity, bank
statement, credit card statement) no more than 3 months old. Mobile phone statements
are NOT accepted
Please note: Original documents MUST be produced at every application submitted.
STAGE TWO
An appointment will be given to you for a Coaching Session.
This coaching session is to give you guidance on the AK Test, Private/Hackney Conditions and
Byelaws and Customer Care
Following the Coaching Session you will be asked to book in for an Area Knowledge
Test
Any cancellations for Coaching or Area Knowledge Tests will require 48 working hours
notice, or will be charged at £43.00
Any failed tests will also be subject to a £43.00 re-booking fee
STAGE THREE
Submit a completed medical examination form.
You are responsible for paying the Medical Practitioners fee.
If you need to be referred for any further assessment with regards to Group II Driving
Standards, an appointment will be made for you to attend our medical advisors,
Mediscreen, at a cost of £155 per appointment, if screening is necessary a further cost
of £58 is payable and any further cost which may be incurred as a result of contacting
your GP you will be responsible for. When your medical has been checked and found to
be satisfactory, please see stage 4.
STAGE FOUR
You will be required to complete a DBS form, obtainable from the licensing office, and
submit it alongside the relevant documents and the required fee
Once submitted, you will be required to use your DBS form reference number to sign up
to the Update Service – please see admin staff for further information on how to
complete.
Your DBS certificate will be returned to you only, therefore you must produce this to the
Licensing Service immediately on receipt for processing.
Evidence of signing up to the Update Service must be provided prior to the issue of your
licence and badge.
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PRIVATE HIRE DRIVERS
FIRST APPLICATION
If you are under 21 years of age, seek advice from Licensing Admin.
If you have not held a current full ordinary drivers licence within the last 12 months, you are
not eligible to apply.
If you have a medical condition or a criminal/driving offence you need further guidance from
Licensing Admin.
Have you ever held a Private Hire or Hackney Carriage drivers licence previously or have
you ever had one refused? If you have answered ‘yes’ to either of them inform Licensing
staff and they will advise you.
Mr / Mrs / Ms / Miss Full Name ……………………………………………………………………….
Date of Birth ……………………… National Insurance Number …………………………………
Email Address……………… …………………………………………………………………………..
Address ………………………………………………………………………………………………….
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Postcode…………………………. Contact Telephone Number ………………………………
Photocard/Paper Licence shown YES/NO
DVLA Registration Code No.________________________
Which operator will you work for? ……………………………………………………………………
OFFICE USE ONLY
RECEIVING
OFFICER
RECEIPT
NO
PHOTOCARD/
LICENCE
DETAILS
STATUTORY
DECLARATION
NATIONAL
INSURANCE
NUMBER
£110.00
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Have you had any licence suspended / revoked / refused by any Authority?
YES / NO
If yes please supply details
Details of application/licenses that have been – Suspended/Revoked/Refused
(Please delete where applicable)
Name:
Address:
Date of Birth:
Date
Authority
Details
DECLARATION:
I declare that the information I have given on this form is true, and to the best
of my knowledge correct.
I declare that I am legally allowed to reside and work in the UK
Signed: Date:
________________________________________________________________________
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REFERENCES
Alongside your application we require two character references from people who have known
you for 2 or more years. Please ensure you locate the separate character reference form and
have two completed to support your application.
DECLARATION
I declare that to the best of my knowledge the information I have given is true.
APPLICANTS SHOULD NOTE THAT TO MAKE A FALSE DECLARATION IS A
SERIOUS CRIMINAL OFFENCE.
I will read and comply with the bylaws and any conditions attached to the grant of the
licence.
I will take enough rest and refreshment whilst driving Private hire vehicles. I know that any
incident involving fatigue reported to the Council will mean that I MAY have to attend a
panel/committee meeting and could result in my licence being suspended or revoked.
I have read the Privacy Notice and accept its contents
Signed ………………………………………………. Date ………………………………………….
WARNING: Your attention is drawn to the dangers caused by fatigue due to driving
long, unbroken hours.
In the event of a successful refund an admin fee will be deducted
I certify that the above named applicant has attended a New Driver interview today.
The documents we require to support the application have been produced and copied
Resulting in the application payment taken and the client has signed the form in my presence.
Signed ___________________________________________Date _____/_____/______
Position _______________________________________________________________
I understand that my application has been accepted today and I have been interviewed and
declare that to the best of my knowledge and belief, the information I have given is true.
Signature of Applicant _____________________________ Date ____/____/_____
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NEIGHBOURHOODS
Mark Widdup
Director of Neighbourhoods
PUBLIC PROTECTION SERVICE
Floor 3, Number One Riverside,
Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU
Tel: (01706) 924114
Fax: 0844 332 0324
Email:licensing.reg@rochdale.gov.uk
Web site: www.rochdale.gov.uk
STATUTORY DECLARATION (see over for Explanatory Notes)
.............................................................................. of …………………………………………………
Date of Birth …………………………………….
Do solemnly and sincerely declare as follows:
1 I have never been convicted for any offence.
OR
2 I have convictions, received cautions, reprimands or final warnings which are not protected as defined by
the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). (Please list these
below). Please note, guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the
Disclosure and Barring Service website www.gov.uk/government/collections/dbs-filtering-guidance
STATUTORY DECLARATION 1 AND 2 ABOVE RELATES TO ALL OFFENCES INCLUDING
ANY MOTORING OFFENCES.
DATE
OFFENCE
DESCRIPTION AND
SENTENCE OR
PLACE OF COURT
ORDER OF THE
COURT
And I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the same along with the answers given
in the attached application form to be true and by virtue of the provisions of the Statutory Declarations Act 1835,
and Section 5 of the Perjury Act 1911.
Declared at ...........................................................................
This ........................................ day of ............................2…… Signature of Applicant
In the County of ................................................................... …………………………
Before me ............................................................................
Solicitor/Commissioner of Oaths
Office Address
..................................................................................................................................................
..................................................................................................................................................
THIS APPLICATION CONTAINING THE STATUTORY DECLARATION MAY BE FORWARDED TO
THE GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE. APPLICANTS SHOULD NOTE THAT TO MAKE A FALSE
DECLARATION IS A SERIOUS CRIMINAL OFFENCE.
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Rehabilitation periods for certain types of sentence/disposal under the Rehabilitation of
Offenders Act 1974 Act (as amended by the 2012 Act)
The table below summarises the rehabilitation periods for some of the most common types of
sentence/disposal. These retention periods were amended by Section 139 of the Legal Aid,
Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 which came into force on 10
th
March 2014.
The new rehabilitation periods apply retrospectively to cover those who have already been
convicted or cautioned, although no convictions that are already spent will become unspent as
a result of the changes
Sentence/Disposal
Rehabilitation period if
aged 18 or over when
convicted/disposal
administered
Rehabilitation period if
aged under 18 when
convicted/disposal
administered
A custodial sentence of
over 48 months
Never Spent
Never Spent
A custodial sentence of
over 30 months but not
exceeding 48 months
7 years from the date on
which the sentence
(including any licence
period) is completed
42 months from the date
on which the sentence
(including any licence
period) is completed
A custodial sentence of
over 6 months but not
exceeding 30 months
48 months from the date
on which the sentence
(including any licence
period) is completed
24 months from the date
on which the sentence
(including any licence
period) is completed
A custodial sentence of up
to 6 months
24 months from the date
on which the sentence
(including any licence
period) is completed
18 months from the date
on which the sentence
(including any licence
period) is completed
Fine
12 months from the date
of the conviction in respect
of which that fine was
imposed
6 months from the date of
the conviction in respect of
which that fine was
imposed
Community Order
12 months from the last
day on which the order
has effect
6 months from the last day
on which the order has
effect
Conditional Caution
3 months from the date on
which the caution was
given, or (if earlier) when
the caution ceases to have
effect
3 months from the date on
which the caution was
given, or (if earlier) when
the caution ceases to have
effect
Simple Caution, Youth
Caution
Spent immediately
Spent immediately
Compensation Order
On the discharge of the
order (i.e. when it is paid
in full)
On the discharge of the
order (i.e. when it is paid
in full)
Further guidance on this may be obtained from the Home Office publication ‘A Guide to the
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974’ purchasable at HMSO, Brazennose Street, Manchester, or from a
Solicitor.
Please note that ALL OFFENCES must be disclosed
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