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Taxis and private hire vehicles

Information about taxi fares and guidance on how to apply for a taxi licence or private hire vehicle licence.

Taxi fares

The fares for taxi journeys are set by the district/borough council and are displayed on a taximeter fitted in the vehicle (which can be checked by the council to confirm that they are operating at the set tariff). If the journey takes the vehicle outside the district a different fare may be agreed before the journey begins.

The councils do not set the fares for private hire vehicles and any person hiring a private hire vehicle should agree the fare with the operator before starting a journey.

Taxi licences

Operators of private hire vehicles are licensed and drivers of both taxis and private hire vehicles are licensed by the district/borough councils. 

Before a licence is granted the applicant must satisfy certain conditions, ranging from a search by the Disclosure and Barring Service, medical examinations and completion of driver improvement schemes. They are also inspected for mechanical condition and adequacy of insurance.

Online training for taxi drivers

You can complete a Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) training module to support you in your dealings with young people. This is provided online by Dorset County Council and costs £10.00.

Register and pay for the CSE online training module


Submit a complaint about a licensed vehicle


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