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Licensing Hackney Carriage & Private Hire

Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council are served by a single officer structure but remain separate Licensing Authorities. The Councils are responsible for the licensing of Hackney Carriage (Taxis) Drivers & Vehicles, Private Hire Drivers & Vehicles and Private Hire Operators who wish to operate within either the District of Adur or the Borough of Worthing.

As Licensing Authorities the Councils’ primary function is protection of the public whilst providing businesses with the relevant licences necessary to carry out a legitimate business.

Before a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire driver licence can be issued checks will be carried out to determine if the driver is a 'fit and proper person' to be issued with a licence and before a vehicle is licensed checks will be carried out to ensure the vehicle is safe and suitable to transport the public.

Operators: Licensing New Operators & Renewing an Existing Licence

Adur & Worthing Councils' Taxi Licensing Unit is situated at the Adur & Worthing Council offices in Portland House, 44 Richmond Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1HS. There is a manned reception (9:00am to 5:00pm) but taxi officers work on a strict appointment only basis. Callers without an appointment are unlikely to be seen by a taxi licensing officer.

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