A decision has been made to limit the number of vehicles to 1,000 at this time.
In limiting the number to 1,000, we have taken into consideration the fact that this is new technology and it allows us to properly assess their impact and how they are received by the public. It also helps to ensure the visual impact of the London taxi and the streetscape of London is maintained.
There are now between 250-300 taxi vehicles with a taxi top device fitted (this number will be regularly updated).
The current approved manufacturers are:
Please review the taxi top policy document for further information about taxi top advertising.
To apply for approval you will need to complete and submit the following application form accompanied with a copy of the relevant agreement with one of the approved manufacturers.
Approvals will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis: the limit is 1,000.
On approval, you'll need to re-licence your vehicle within 6 months of the approval being issued.
The licence fee for a vehicle with a taxi top fitted is £166. This is because of the extra checks that need to be carried out to make sure the taxi top device has been fitted correctly.
We would recommend that the form is emailed to email@example.com
However an alternative postal address is available:
PO Box 713
Please note it is necessary to make a separate application per vehicle. We will not accept multiple applications on one form.
Once an application has been approved, a letter will be issued to the vehicle owner advising that within six months of the date of the letter they must:
When applying for approval please be aware that, should more than 1,000 applications be received, a waiting list will be created.
All advertisements displayed via the taxi top must comply with the "Taxi advertising and private hire vehicle signage guidelines" which can be found on our Legislation and policy web page.