Vehicle licences

Please read our Hackney Carriage and Private Hire policy (pdf) before applying for a licence.

Newport City Council will not licence imported vehicles as they do not comply with our policy.

Any vehicle licensed as a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicle must be suitable to transport members of the public and must comply with the vehicle specifications set in council policies.

View a list of private hire vehicles accepted by the council (pdf)

If you are awaiting a Private Hire Drivers Badge please wait until you have been granted before taking the vehicle to be tested. You will lose time on the licence.

Euro standard vehicle requirements

Applications for new and transferred hackney carriage and private hire vehicle licences will only be granted for vehicles that meet Euro 6 standard 

Existing vehicle licence holders, i.e. a proprietor who held a current licence before the introduction of the policy and who has continued to renew this licence, may change the vehicle on that licence if it meets minimum Euro 5 standards

Vehicle licences granted after the introduction of the policy will only be granted to replace vehicles that meet Euro 6 standard.

Euro standards

 Euro standard     

    When introduced

 Euro 2

    January 1996

 Euro 3

    1 January 2000 until 31 December 2004

 Euro 4

    1 January 2005 until 31 August 2009

 Euro 5

    1 September 2009 until 31 August 2015

 Euro 6

    1 September 2015

Some vehicle manufacturers introduced the Euro standards to their vehicles before these dates so it is possible, for example, that a vehicle could be rated as a Euro 6 before 1 September 2015 depending on the make and model. 

Download the Hackney carriage vehicle conditions (pdf)

Download the Private hire vehicle conditions (pdf)

Further information

CCTV and Dash Cameras

CCTV systems can provide a safer environment for drivers and passengers by: 

  • deterring and preventing crimes

  • reducing the fear of crime

  • helping police investigate crime incidents

  • assisting insurance companies investigating motor vehicle accidents

It also allows for an additional passenger to sit in the front seat in a Hackney Carriage Vehicle.  

If you wish to install CCTV in a licensed vehicle you must comply with Newport City Council CCTV policy (pdf)

When CCTV equipment has been installed, the Code of Practice must be signed by the proprietor of the vehicle licence and the installer of the equipment.

If necessary, the data controller should also sign and the document should then be provided to the licensing department.

VPIS systems also known as vehicle dash cams are external facing cameras that record footage external to the vehicle. They are used to capture footage in the event the vehicle is involved in a road traffic incident.

They have many advantages such as identifying who is responsible for causing an accident, providing evidence, resolving disputes, and in some instances, it may lower insurance premiums.

Please note that if you wish to install a dash camera within a Private Hire/ Hackney Carriage Vehicle, you must ensure that it complies with the Newport City Council Dash Camera Policy (pdf).