Hire Car Enforcement

Enforcement of hire car vehicles and drivers licensed in West Lothian is currently undertaken by the Taxi Examination Centre (TEC) and West Lothian Councils' Licensing Standards Officer (LSO). In addition, assistance is given from time to time by local Roads Policing officers.

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

Vehicle testing

Renewal applications

Other hire car applications

Hire Car Driver Medicals

The TEC carry out regular unannounced enforcement visits to West Lothian sometimes during office hours but more often at busy weekend periods. Vehicles are examined at taxi ranks and places where private hire cars are known to congregate. Any vehicles found to be unsafe are issued with a notice preventing them from being used as hire cars until the defect(s) have been rectified to the satisfaction of the Senior Vehicle Examiner at the TEC. Vehicles with minor defects are permitted to continue working but are issued with documentation requiring the defects to be rectified and the vehicle presented to the TEC within a certain period.

Complaints about taxi or private hire vehicles and drivers

Warning letters

Licensing Committee

Complaints about unlicensed vehicles