A Private Hire Car Driver's Licence permits an individual to operate any Private Hire Car licensed by this Authority.
On 17 April 2019 the Licensing and Regulatory Committee introduced an Overprovision Policy [70kb] for the grant of Private Hire Car Licences.
If you also intend to apply for the grant of a Private Hire Car Licence please ensure you read the policy prior to submitting the application.
From 1 January 2020 no private hire car driver or taxi driver grant applications will be accepted by the Licensing Authority without the Certificate in Introduction to the Role of the Professional Taxi and Private Hire Car Driver at SCQF Level 5.
Following the meeting of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee on the 21 April 2021, the committee agreed to implement the Certificate in Introduction to the Role of the Professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver at SCQF level 5 as a requirement for the renewal of a taxi driver's licence and private hire car driver's licence with effect from 1st January 2022.
Please note that any drivers who have a taxi driver licence or private hire car driver's licence with an expiry date on or after the 1 January 2022, irrespective of when you lodge your application, must have completed the training for your application to be accepted.
Information on training providers for this course can be found at https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/90017.html or by contacting the SQA on 0345 279 1000.
Read our Guidance on Applying [229kb] for information on the application process including details of:
Please refer to our Fees and Charges [282kb] document for details of the current fees and accepted payment methods.
The application will not be accepted without the correct fee.
Any person can make an objection or representation against a grant or renewal application during the 28 day consultation period.
Read our guidance on making an objection or representation for more information.
If you are a licensed private hire car driver (or licensed taxi driver - on the taxi driver page) and wish to apply for an exemption from carrying out your mobility assistance duties under the Equality Act 2010 you can do so below.
Please note that if you are the driver of a wheelchair accessible vehicle the mobility assistance duties you can apply to be exempt from are defined by legislation and are as follows:
(a) to enable the passenger to get into or out of the vehicle; (b) if the passenger wishes to remain in the wheelchair, to enable the passenger to get into and out of the vehicle while in the wheelchair; (c) to load the passenger's luggage or mobility aids into or out of the vehicle; (d) if the passenger does not wish to remain in the wheelchair, to load the wheelchair into or out of the vehicle.
Please note that if you are the driver of a non-wheelchair accessible vehicle the mobility assistance duties you can apply to be exempt from are defined by legislation and are as follows:(a) to enable the passenger to get into or out of the vehicle; (b) to load the passenger's luggage, wheelchair or mobility aids into or out of the vehicle.
The Licensing Authority will send you for a medical assessment to its medical provider on receipt of your application. You will not be exempt from the above duties until the Licensing Authority confirms this to you.
You can submit an exemption application here.