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.

Guidance for assisting people with sight loss - taxis and PHCs

Wearing Of Face Coverings In Taxi And Private Hire Cars Mandatory From 22 June 2020


The current health crisis has had a significant impact on the processing of licensing applications, vehicle testing and medical assessments.

Vehicle testing for renewal and replacement applications

Changes in relation to the issuing of MOT Certificates and Certificates of Compliance

Online renewal applications

New vehicle applications

Other hire car applications

Hire Car Driver Medicals


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?

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