Please supply details of Hackney carraige vehicle license numbers and availability.

The request was refused by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
How many Hackney carraige vehicle licenses are currently in use ?
How many Hackney carraige vehicle licenses are currently available ?
How many Hackney carraige drivers are currently licensed ?
What is the maximum number of Hackney carraige vehicle licenses the council is prepared to issue at present ?

Yours faithfully,

Mark Hazlehurst

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Hazlehurst,

Thank you for your recent request, submitted under the FOIA 2000. Our response is as follows:

I can advise that we maintain a public register of licences issued by Wirral Council, including hackney carriage and private hire vehicles. The register can be accessed at

From here anybody can search for all currently-licensed vehicles, 24hrs a day. The register includes the vehicle registration, make, and model.

Therefore this part of your request is therefore refused under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act, ‘information reasonably accessible by other means’. Further guidance on Section 21 can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website at this link:

I trust this will be of assistance to your enquiries.

You have the right under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to ask for an internal review if you are dissatisfied with the information provided to you. Please direct any request for an internal review to [Wirral Borough Council request email] and your request will be allocated for review.

Yours sincerely,

Chelsea Dalton
Information Management Officer
Business Management - ICT
Treasury Building
Argyle Street
CH41 1AH
Tel: 0151 666 5201
[Wirral Borough Council request email]

PLEASE FORWARD ALL FOI RESPONSES TO [Wirral Borough Council request email]

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,
Thank you, found the required information.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Hazlehurst