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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.

The Licensing Team are able to provide general guidance on a 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.

 

Public Consultation - Fare Table for Taxis

The council is legally required to carry out a review of taxi fares every 18 months after consultation with local taxi licence holders. It is then required to publish notice of any proposed changes and consider any representations in writing before agreeing a new fare table.

After consultation with taxi licence holders in West Lothian a statutory notice proposing that the fare table is maintained at the current rates has been published in the West Lothian Courier on 29 February 2024, a copy of that notice can be viewed here  Taxi Fares Consultation 2024 [52KB]

In terms of the notice the last date for representations regarding the proposed fare table is 31 March 2024.

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 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.
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 and all taxis must be wheelchair accessible and meet the accessibility standards set out in the licensing conditions.
West Lothian Council as licensing authority administers a licensing scheme for booking offices taking bookings for 4 or more relevant vehicles.
Fare table for taxi and metered private hire cars operative from 22 November 2022
As licensing authority, the council has determined that hire car drivers should have their medical fitness to drive assessed against the Group 2 standards applied by DVLA.
Information available to the public about 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 current Taxi or Private Hire Driver's Licence.
Complaints about licensed taxi or private hire car drivers and licensed taxi or private hire car vehicles may be made to the Licensing Team.
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.