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Private Hire Car Vehicle Licences

West Lothian Council as licensing authority administers a licensing scheme for private hire cars (PHC). The Council does not restrict the numbers of PHC vehicles which can be licensed and if the vehicle is a saloon or saloon derivative (type 1) it must meet a set criteria and for type 2 (8 passenger seat vehicle fitted with a tail lift) it must also meet an accessibility standard as set out in the licensing conditions.

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.