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Apply for a New Combined Driver's Licence

Applicants should follow the order recommended in the application process below to avoid having to repeat any steps, and paying unnecessary fees.

It is also advised that applicants begin studying for their knowledge test as soon as possible to ensure they are ready and confident enough to pass.

The knowledge test consists of three papers, one of which tests the geographical knowledge of the Borough of Charnwood. For more information, advisory notes and best practise please see schedule 5 of the Policy (Page 78-82) Drivers Knowledge Test (Extract From Schedule 5 of the Policy) (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)

More information on each step of your applicant can be found in the ‘recommended driver process’ document included in your application pack.

Safeguarding awareness training

As part of the new Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Policy, every new driver must undergo Safeguarding Awareness Training prior to a licence being issued.

Upon successful completion of the knowledge test you need to contact Licensing to confirm which date you would like to attend and book your place. You can do this by either emailing licensing@charnwood.gov.uk or by telephoning 01509 634562.

If you are new private hire operator you will receive an invite letter during the application process. You will be required to undertake and pass the Safeguarding Awareness Training before a private hire operator’s licence is issued, the same as a new licensed driver.

The dates for the next safeguarding awareness training are:

  • 27 February 2019
  • 27 March 2019
  • April 2019 – no course being held due to local elections - no room availability
  • 23 May 2019
  • 24 June 2019
  • 30 July 2019
  • 16 August 2019
  • 16 September 2019
  • 30 October 2019
  • 25 November 2019
  • 10 December 2019

Alternatively, if you have undertaken a similar safeguarding awareness training course, you can provide the Licensing Team with written details of the course, along with written confirmation of your attendance.

The Head of Regulatory Services and the Licensing Manager will consider the contents of both courses and whether the completed course is an acceptable alternative.

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