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Hire Car Enforcement

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.

The Taxi Examination Centre (TEC) carry out regular unannounced enforcement visits to West Lothian sometimes during office hours but more often at busy weekend periods. Vehicles are examined at taxi ranks and places where private hire cars are known to congregate. Any vehicles found to be unsafe are issued with a notice preventing them from being used as hire cars until the defect(s) have been rectified to the satisfaction of the Senior Vehicle Examiner at the TEC. Vehicles with minor defects are permitted to continue working but are issued with documentation requiring the defects to be rectified and the vehicle presented to the TEC within a certain period.