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Hackney carriage livery consultation

Consultation runs from 1 March 2018, 12:00am to 26 March 2018, 11:59pm

Introduction and background

We are responsible for licensing hackney carriage, private hire and dual drivers, proprietors and operators in Cambridge. 

Our licensing policy currently allows for vehicles of any colour to be licensed as a hackney carriage and, with our agreement, for the external display of advertising.

 Councillors agreed in October 2017 to the addition of a livery requirement for all hackney carriage vehicles, as has been adopted in many other cities.

A standard livery will make it easier for you to identify licensed vehicles, which are regulated and safe. It will clearly differentiate between private hire vehicles and hackney carriages, and will classify those vehicles that can legitimately trade in the city from those that cannot.

A standard livery will also improve the appearance of the hackney carriage fleet and enhance the city's public image.

Consultation information

Tell us what you think about the proposal to introduce a standard livery: download the consultation document, answer a few questions and send it back to us at

Please make sure to clearly state your name and, if applicable, the name of any organisation or person you are responding on behalf of.


If you have any questions about this consultation, contact Commercial and Licensing team at or 01223 457888.

Post any correspondence to Commercial and Licensing team, Cambridge City Council, PO Box 700, Cambridge CB1 0JH.

Next steps

In July 2018 the Licensing Committee will be asked to make a decision on what the livery scheme will look like and how it will be implemented across all hackney carriage vehicles.