Taxi Vehicle Licences

West Lothian Council administers a licensing scheme for taxis. The Council does not restrict the numbers of taxis which can be licensed. All taxis must be wheelchair accessible and meet the accessibility standards set out in the licensing conditions.

The impact of the Coronavirus (COVID -19) has had a significant impact on the processing of licence applications. If you require to communicate with the Licensing Team, please do so by email to the following address:-

Email enquiries will be prioritised and responded to on a priority/urgent basis.

We are working to identify temporary changes to licensing processes. Further updates will be provided on this page as soon as possible.

If you are an event organiser you should note that when possible applicants will be able to email amended applications for events which have been postponed due to Covid-19 as long as the details of the event remain exactly the same and only the event date is changing, any other changes to event details will require a new application to be submitted in the usual manner. 

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.

Which vehicles have the Council approved for use as taxis?

Can I apply to licence a vehicle which is not on the approved list?

How do I apply for the grant of a taxi licence?

How do I apply to renew my existing taxi licence?

What type of advertising is permitted on hire cars?

How will my application be decided?

How long will my licence be granted for?

What standard conditions will be applied to my licence?

How do I apply to replace my current licensed vehicle?

What if I want to vary a standard hire car condition in relation to my vehicle?

Can a taxi licence be transferred?

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

How can I obtain approval to install either CCTV or a camera system on or within my taxi? 

Complaints about taxi vehicles

Contact details for the Taxi Examination Centre