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:
In order to qualify for a PHV licence the vehicle must meet the following age criteria:
There are certain exemptions to this criteria.
You must make a booking to have your vehicle inspected. You will need to present the following original documents when you take your vehicle in:
|Application fee||£65 (non-refundable)|
|Grant of licence fee||£35|
Vehicle licences are issued for a period of 12 months from date of inspection.
If you are ready to book your vehicle in for an inspection, you can:
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.
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:
You can only apply for a further exemption period when your current vehicle licence expires.