Taxi and Private Hire Car Licences

West Lothian Council operates a licensing scheme for taxis and private hire cars and their drivers. This scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team.

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

Lists of current vehicle and licence holders

List of currently suspended hire car licences

Complaints about taxi or private vehicles and drivers

In terms of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Booking Offices) Order 2009 (SSI2009/145) hire car booking offices taking bookings for 4 or more relevant vehicles require to be licensed by their local authority. This licensing scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team.
West Lothian Council operates a licensing scheme for private hire car driver's. A private hire car driver's licence entitles the holder to drive only a private hire car. This scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team. 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.
West Lothian Council operates a licensing scheme for private hire cars (PHC). This scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team. The Council does not restrict the numbers of private hire cars which can be licensed. 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.
West Lothian Council operates a licensing scheme for taxi drivers. A taxi drivers licence entitles the holder to drive a taxi or a private hire car. This scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team. 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.
West Lothian Council operates a licensing scheme for taxis. This scheme is administered by the Council's Licensing Team. The Council does not restrict the numbers of taxis which can be licensed. All West Lothian Council taxis must be wheelchair accessible and meet the accessibility standards set out in the licensing conditions. 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.
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 regarding taxi or private vehicles and drivers may be made to the Licensing Team
The lists included vehicles, drivers and suspended licences.
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Fare Table for Taxi and Private Hire Cars from 5 April 2019
The fare table are the maximum metered fares which can be charged for journeys in taxis and metered private hire cars within the West Lothian Council area. Drivers are required to let passengers see the metered fare at the end of a