Taxis and private hire vehicles (PHV) in London must be inspected and licensed by Transport for London (TfL).
Vehicle licences for London taxis
Your taxi must be inspected by TfL to get your vehicle licence.
You must meet the eligibility criteria set by TfL for your vehicle.
Vehicle licences for private hire vehicles
If you want to use a vehicle for private hire work, you’ll need to have it licensed by TfL.
Your PHV must:
- have no more than 8 passenger seats
- not look like a licensed taxi, eg London-style ‘black cab’
- only display advertising that complies with TfL guidelines
- display licence discs - although exemptions are sometimes granted
Get your vehicle inspected
Your vehicle will need to be inspected by TfL.