Private Hire Car Driver's Licences

West Lothian Council as licensing authority administers a licensing scheme for private hire car drivers licences. A private hire car driver's licence entitles the holder to drive only a private hire car.

The current health crisis has had a significant impact on the processing of licensing applications.

The council's partner the City of Edinburgh Council has announced that the Taxi Examination Centre (TEC) remains closed and has noted the announcement made by the DVSA regarding vehicle testing that MOTs for vehicles will be extended from 6 months as from 30 March 2020. This means that hire car vehicles can continue to operate until the TEC reopens as long as their licences are still in effect. This means that an application to renew the vehicle's licence must have been lodged with West Lothian Council prior to the expiry of the licence. Once the TEC reopens licence holders of all vehicles which have had extensions to their MOTs will be contacted to present their vehicles for a full compliance check.

Renewal Applications

Renewal applications for both vehicle and driver's licences can no longer be accepted by CIS Livingston at Arrochar House as the payments office is closed due to the pandemic. The council is working on alternative arrangements and this webpage will be updated as soon as they are in place.  The Licensing Team is currently unable to take calls or to respond to individual enquires regarding applications at present. All affected licence holders will be contacted once information is available in priority order depending on their renewal dates.  

Alternative arrangements for medical certification are also being considered and all affected drivers will be contacted once these are in place. 

Please consult the link below to the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 which affect the operation of taxis and private hire cars during the current lockdown: The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020

The Team are able to provide general guidance on the scheme but cannot assist you to complete your application form or provide legal advice on whether a licence is required. You should seek legal advice from a solicitor or advice centre if you are unsure as to whether you require a licence.

Who can apply for a private hire car driver's licence?

How do I apply for the grant of a private hire driver's licence?

How do I apply to renew my existing private hire car driver's licence?

Is a topographical test (knowledge) required as part of the application process?

Is a medical required as part of the application process?

Information when attending a medical

What happens if I fail a medical?

Will my application be subject to a right to work check?

What convictions must be declared?

How will my application be decided?

How long will my licence be granted for?

What are the standard conditions which will be applied if my licence is granted?

What if I want to vary any of the standard hire car conditions in relation to my private hire car driver's licence?

What if my details change or I no longer wish to hold my licence?

Complaints about private hire car drivers