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.

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 for vehicle and driver licences

New and other hire car applications

Hire Car Driver Medicals

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?

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.
Use this form to tell West Lothian Council about any changes to your medical history in relation to your Taxi or Private Hire Driver's Licence.