The private hire regulations have recently changed. You should familiarise yourself with the changes before submitting your application.
Please see our guidance for more information:
From 1 January 2020 all PHVs licensed for the first time must meet new emission requirements:
Please note that PHVs which are fully electric or have a hydrogen fuel cell will meet the new licensing requirements.
You can now book your vehicle inspection online, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
This is often the quickest and most convenient option if you are the owner or registered keeper of a single vehicle.
You can book an appointment at a date, time and location to suit you. This function also allows you to cancel or reschedule your appointment.
To use this service click here.
When attending a vehicle inspection centre, you will need to bring the following original documents (these should be printed where necessary as electronic copies are not accepted) as they need to be presented at inspection:
Retests and Refunds
You can also book your vehicle inspection by calling 0343 222 5555 (TfL call charges apply).
|Application fee||£84 (non-refundable)|
|Grant of licence fee
To comply with air quality standards, all taxis and PHVs must be within certain age limits to be licensed. However, a few exemptions mean some vehicles can be licensed for an additional period. Find out more about the exemptions:
All PHVs must display their vehicle licence discs. An exemption from displaying the discs may be applied if we feel it is appropriate to do so. We will consider:
Exemptions will only be granted if you can prove that displaying the rear licence disc is not possible due to the design of the vehicle eg the vehicle has no rear window.
You must prove that due to the age and/or the original vehicle manufacturer's construction, the current vehicle licensing criteria related to seatbelt and seating capacity requirements does not apply.
Passenger safety is our main priority so this type of exemption will only be granted in exceptional circumstances, and only if you can demonstrate the need to operate a specialist vehicle (eg vintage/historical vehicle) due to the services you offer your customers.
All PHVs must be right-hand drive vehicles. An exemption from this requirement can be applied if you can prove that the right-hand drive requirement is not possible due to the services and type of vehicle being used. The following will be considered:
You can apply for any of the above exemptions by completing and sending us an application form and any supporting evidence as required.