Taxi permit; application

You need a taxi permit if you want to transport people commercially by taxi.

Description

Transport by taxi is the transport of persons by means of passenger cars which the operator keeps available at officially authorised places and with which he carries out journeys to a destination determined by the passenger. The entrepreneur may also accept transport orders during a journey or at the place of business.

New applicants are granted a permit for a maximum of two years. An extension is granted for a maximum of five years.

Holders of a taxi permit have the following obligations:

  • Operating duty
    They must maintain the operation, if necessary also at night.
  • Obligation to transport
    You may only refuse journeys (even short ones) if the driver cannot reasonably be expected to be transported. This is the case, for example, with heavily intoxicated persons.
  • Obligatory tariff
    Within the compulsory travel area applicable to you, the price for a journey is based on the locally prescribed transport charges. The compulsory driving area is usually the city or district of the place of business.

The equipment of taxis is mandatory. The following regulations apply:

  • The car must be equipped with a roof sign.
  • In the rear window you must carry the registration number assigned by the licensing authority.
  • The colour scheme for taxis (light ivory) is mandatory in Bavaria,
    § 26 BOKraft.
  • Inside the vehicle, you must display the company's address in a clearly visible place.
  • The fare indicator must show the fare visibly for the passengers.

Taxis may stand at designated taxi stands and be requested by passengers, on the street or at the operator's place of business.

Prerequisites

  • The entrepreneur or the persons appointed for the management must be reliable and professionally suitable.
  • The company must be safe. For example, there must be no arrears of taxes or social security contributions and the vehicle management must be impeccable.
  • The company must be financially viable.
  • The company's business locations entered in the commercial register or register of cooperatives must be in Germany.

Procedure

You must apply for the taxi permit in writing to the relevant office. Depending on the offer, you can download an application form on the Internet.

In the hearing procedure, the competent body requests opinions from, among others:

  • Municipalities
  • trade supervisory authorities
  • the Chamber of Industry and Commerce
  • the relevant trade unions and professional associations

After expiry of the deadline for comments, it decides on the application and informs the applicant in writing of the result.

Special notes

Unlike for-hire transport, taxi permits are not available indefinitely. The number of permits available depends on local conditions.

Deadlines

none

Processing time

Normally, the competent body will decide on your application within three months. The period can be extended by a maximum of another three months. The prerequisite is that the competent body has announced this in a written interim decision within the first three months.

Required documents

  • The following documents are required for the taxi permit:

    • Proof of personal reliability (not older than three months at the time of application), e.g.:
      • Extract from the Federal Central Register (certificate of good conduct)
      • Information from the Central Trade Register
      • Extract from the central traffic register
    • Extract from the commercial or cooperative register (certified copies)
    • Copy of the articles of association and the list of shareholders
    • for legal entities: Proof of power of representation
    • Evidence of financial standing (not older than three months at the time of application):
      • Clearance certificates from the tax office
      • Certificate of no objection from the responsible municipality
      • Certificate of no objection from the social security authorities:
        • from health insurance companies with which you insure or have insured employees and
        • for yourself, if you are or were voluntarily or privately insured.
      • Clearance certificate from the Employer's Liability Insurance Association for Transport and the Transport Industry (not older than three months at the time of application)
      • Equity certificate and, if applicable, supplementary certificate (not more than twelve months old at the time of application)
        • The amount of equity depends on the number of vehicles you intend to use: For the first vehicle, you must provide evidence of equity capital in the amount of 2,250 euros, and for each additional vehicle, 1,250 euros.
    • Evidence of professional suitability:
      • Certificate of the specialist knowledge examination at the IHK or
      • Certificate of specialist knowledge from the IHK for at least three years of managerial activity in a taxi company or
      • Certificate of the recognised equivalent final examination (e.g. businessman's examination in railway and road transport with the focus on passenger transport)
    • if you appoint other persons to manage the company, you must provide the following documents for them:
      • Certificate of good conduct
      • Information from the central business register
      • Extract from the central traffic register
      • Proof of professional suitability
      • Proof of employment (employment contract)

    The competent authority may request further documents.

Fees

  • Framework fee for approval: 100.00 - 1,465 EUR

    For standard cases it amounts to

    • for the first vehicle: EUR 150.00
    • for each additional vehicle: EUR 40.00

    These amounts are not binding on the approval authority.

    In the event of an excessive administrative burden, the licensing authority may deviate from them up to the maximum amount of the framework fee.

    You will incur further costs for register information and other supporting documents.

Remedy

Action before the competent administrative court

Status: 19.10.2021

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wohnen, Bau und Verkehr

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