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White taxi plates (FOI)

White taxi plates (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by States of Jersey and published on 10 March 2017.



What are the condition on a white plate taxi licence?


What are the conditions of a purple plate taxi licence?


What is the difference?


Can all taxis be hailed?


Where can they be hailed?


On the white plate taxi licence it states that the licence holder may work for a recognised taxi company. On another it states the driver must operate solely from red cabs. Why are all licenses issued with differing condition adding and changing certain wording?


Please define the context of the term work. Does that mean a self-employed driver is employed?


Define the word affiliate and the term it is meant to imply. The actual wording on a purple plate is the driver must be affiliated to what [sic] Ashfield cabs. On the purple plate taxi license face it states the driver must affiliate to a recognized taxi company.



White (Private Hire) Plate Conditions are as follows:

​Condition number ​Condition details
​3​80% of work must be pre booked
​6​Any other driver providing a taxi-cab service must be employed by the licence holder (Article 28 Motor Traffic (Jersey) Law 1935) be issued with an employment contract and a copy sent to DVS
​21​Minimum mileage to be covered is 19,100 per year
​26​No third party commercial advertising to be displayed
​28​Radio or digital medium communication, whether directly or automatically, must be fitted and operational in the vehicle
​31​Table of fares to be kept fixed in the cab
40​​The approved roof sign is fitted
​41​The approved taxi meter is fitted, sealed and maintained
​42​The driving of a taxi-cab should be the main employment / income of the licence holder
46​​The licence holder must adhere to the Code of Conduct at all times


​This licence may be only used by the holder, personally or through the intermediary of employees of the holder, for the provision of the public service operated by the holder. Neither the licence nor the use or benefit thereof may be leased, licensed assigned, or otherwise transferred to any third party, whether permanently or temporarily. No payment may be required or received by the holder for allowing any person to use the vehicle to which this licence relates for the provision of a public vehicle service
67​​The licence holder must be the owner and registered keeper of the vehicle


​Licence holder to work from the recognised taxi-cab company, co-operative or approved booking entity named on the application and shown overleaf and seek permission from DVS before moving to a different company, co-operative or booking entity


This information is held by the Public Authority but is exempt under Article 23 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011.


80% of work must be Pre-Booked.

Rank fares must be charged when picking up from public ranks or when hailed.

Any driver of the vehicle must have undertaken and passed the approved wheelchair assistance training.




Any road or street.


Different taxi-cabs offer different services and the conditions shall be such, as in the Minister's opinion, are necessary or desirable to ensure the proper operation of the vehicle and the public service to be provided by the vehicle.

Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a result.

A self-employed driver working for a company or booking entity would be sub-contracted, not an employee.


The information requested is not held for the purposes of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 as outlined in Article 3 and 4 of the law.

Exemptions and / or refusals

Article 23 Information accessible to applicant by other means

Information is absolutely exempt information if it is reasonably available to the applicant, otherwise than under this Law, whether or not free of charge. A scheduled public authority that refuses an application for information on this ground must make reasonable efforts to inform the applicant where the applicant may obtain the information.

Justification for exemption

The information is available on at the following link:

Purple taxi plates (FOI)

Article 3 - Meaning of “information held by a public authority”

For the purposes of this Law, information is held by a public authority if –

(a) it is held by the authority, otherwise than on behalf of another person; or

(b) it is held by another person on behalf of the authority.

Article 4 - Meaning of “information to be supplied by a public authority”

(1) For the purposes of this Law, the information held by a public authority at the time when a request for the information is received is the information that is to be taken to have been requested.

(2) However, account may be taken of any amendment or deletion made to the information between the time when the request for the information was received and the time when it is supplied if the amendment or deletion would have been made regardless of the request for the information.

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