A taxi and logos of Rushmoor Borough, Basingstoke and Deane Borough, North Tyneside and Hart Councils

Helping local councils revamp taxi licensing to boost efficiencies and reduce costs

An alpha project helping councils explore and prototype a digital taxi licensing service that streamlines processes and improves the service.

The clients

Rushmoor Borough Council

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

North Tyneside Council

Hart Council

Zaizi’s role



Product management

Service design

User research

UX & content design


The client says…

 “The team from Zaizi brought a range of expertise to this project, to both shape and deliver a successful user-research focused Alpha. I was delighted with their ability to forge consensus, share learning with the project partners, and to adapt their approach to the needs and priorities of the research at hand.”

Alex Stone, Business Analyst, Rushmoor Borough Council

The brief

A mix of district and metropolitan councils wanted to establish the potential and possibility of providing a digital service for Taxi Licensing. They needed a new system that would be easy to use, transparent, and efficient for everyone involved — from the office staff to the taxi drivers. 

Licence holders must provide the right information at the right times to keep their licences valid and lawful. As they only interact with these processes intermittently, drivers struggle to take the necessary actions independently and on time.

Licensing staff help by contacting licence holders to notify them of upcoming due dates and other reminders to prompt action, maintain compliance and encourage good practice. But communication challenges lead to errors, lost time, and frustration. Drivers may even lose the ability to work because of this. 

The councils estimate a national digital taxi service could save around 305,000 staff hours, with potential cost savings of over £10 million. The councils want to reinvest the time savings into other key public protection efforts and outcomes.

Initial discovery research showed licence holders wanted an online system, but there is no viable solution in the market. 

Zaizi ran the Local Digital funded alpha project, led by Rushmoor Borough Council in partnership with Basingstoke & Deane, Hart and North Tyneside councils. The goal was to explore a taxi licensing prototype that meets user needs and could scale up.

The delivery

After the initial discovery phase laid the groundwork, we defined the project scope and undertook time-boxed sprints with a multidisciplinary team. 

We held intensive workshops around user research and service processes, interrogating the problem space and undertaking stakeholder mapping.

Zaizi’s kickoff workshop with the councils

During the phase, we:

We continuously challenged and tested our riskiest assumptions through user research, prototyping, and iterative feedback to ensure the viability and effectiveness of our proposed solutions. 

The outcome

Our research, prototyping, and user testing revealed several key insights. We found that: 

The prototype Zaizi built and tested with users

We recommended that the councils use the beta phase to explore how the customisation of the service could optimise efficiencies for the individual councils.

Upon completion of the alpha project, we:

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