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Taxi Licensing: Vehicles 

In order for a vehicle to become a licensed vehicle an application form, relevant documents and fee must be submitted to the Licensing Section.  




Licensing Team, Vale of Glamorgan Council, Civic Office, Holton Road, Barry, CF63 4RU


The vehicle will be required to be tested at the Alps Depot, Wenvoe, where it shall be tested in line with the relevant conditions and national inspection standards.


If you are renewing your vehicle please be mindful to ensure you have made application and booked your testing slot within plenty of time of your expiry date (vehicles can be tested up to one month prior to expiry).





fees and charges
VehiclesFee Cost breakdown
Grant (1 year)         £242  

Licence £230, Plate deposit £12. Also includes Window licence, door stickers, backing plate and kit

Grant (6 months)     £172    Licence £160, Plate deposit £12. Also includes Window licence, door stickers, backing plate and kit.
Renewal (6 months) £160   
Renewal (4 months)            £160  
Transfer     £0   No fee
1st re-test (no MOT) £22.50   
Subsequent re-test £45   
Cancellation of vehicle test     


Within one working day or non-attendance at test 
Test from suspension notice  £45  
Plate refund     £10     If issued before 01/09/10, or £12 if issued on or after that date


Offences and Penalties

It is an offence for a person to contravene any of the provisions of the Section, or to fail to comply with any condition attached to a licence granted to them under the Section.



Whilst Hackney Carriage and Private Hire drivers and vehicles undergo rigourous tests and checks before they are issued with a licence, we occasionally receive complaints from the public about the taxi service.


To help us fully investigate a complaint we need clear and concise information concerning the incident. To help you we have created a form that you may wish to use. If, following the completion of the investigation, there is sufficient evidence to prosecute a licensed driver you will be requested to provide a witness statement and you may then be required to give evidence in court.


It will not always be the case that official action is taken as it depends on a number of factors; however, all incidents are carefully examined and taken into consideration as the Authority is always looking to improve the service we deliver to the public.


Please complete the form as fully as possible providing all the pertinent details. All information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.


If South Wales Police are dealing with an incident, it would generally be the case that Vale of Glamorgan Council Licensing Enforcement Officers must wait until that investigation is complete before any action or our own investigation commenced.


However, public safety would be the ultimate determining factor. Should officers feel that to wait until the end of a Police investigation would be detrimental to public safety, the Licensing Section can and will take any appropriate action that they deem necessary. This may include the immediate suspension of Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicle driver's licences.