Taxi and Private Hire Car Licences

West Lothian Council as licensing authority administers a licensing scheme for taxi and private hire car vehicles and their drivers.

The Licensing 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.

What is the difference between a taxi and a private hire car?

What different types of taxis and private hire cars are there in West Lothian?

Information on Fares and Meters in Hire Cars

What standard conditions are applied to hire car vehicles and drivers licences?

Survey in Relation to Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

West Lothian Council as licensing authority administers a licensing scheme for booking offices taking bookings for 4 or more relevant vehicles.
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.
West Lothian Council as licensing authority administers a licensing scheme for private hire cars (PHC). The Council does not restrict the numbers of private hire cars which can be licensed.
West Lothian Council as licensing authority administers a licensing scheme for taxi drivers. A taxi driver's licence entitles the holder to drive a taxi or a private hire car.
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.
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.
Complaints about licensed taxi or private hire car drivers and licensed taxi or private hire car vehicles may be made to the Licensing Team.
Lists of current licence holders and suspended licences.