You must get your taxi or private hire vehicle inspected and licensed by your local council.
Contact your local council to apply for a vehicle licence.
You must get a licence for each vehicle. The vehicle must have no more than 8 passenger seats.
Inspections and insurance
The council may check your vehicle to make sure:
- it’s roadworthy
- it’s comfortable and clean
- the taximeter works properly
- the doors are safe and secure
You’ll also need insurance that:
- covers you for hire and reward
- includes you as the named driver
The council decides how often it tests vehicles but can’t test more than 3 times in a year.
You must fix any problems within 2 months of failing a test. You can lose your vehicle licence if you don’t.
The council can attach conditions to vehicle licences. These might include:
- the colour scheme of your vehicle
- the use of roof signs
- use of a taximeter
Refusals and appeals
The council can refuse your application if:
- your vehicle doesn’t meet certain criteria
- you don’t accept conditions it gives you
- it wants to control the number of taxis in the area
When the council makes its decision it will explain your right to appeal if:
- your application for a vehicle licence has been refused
- the licensing authority has suspended, revoked or refused to renew a vehicle licence