Taxi licences

Read this guide if you need to apply for a licence for a taxi or private hire vehicle.

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Taxi and private hire licences

Stirling Council issues licences for taxis and private hire vehicles operating in the Council area. Licences are for vehicles that can carry up to 8 passengers. If you need a licence for a vehicle with more capacity, you should contact the Scottish Traffic Commissioner.

The number of taxi vehicle licences in the Council area is capped at 79. 11 of these plates are specifically for the rural areas and cannot ply for hire within a 5 mile radius of Stirling city centre.

Unmet Demand survey report

The Council recently instructed Licensed Vehicle Surveys & Assessment (LVSA)  to undertake a survey of taxi unmet demand and private hire overprovision assessment.  The outcome of the Survey was reported to the Council’s Planning and Regulation Panel (the “Panel”) at its meeting on 28 February 2023

The Panel agreed that the Council should now proceed to consult with licence holders, the public and the Council’s statutory partners on the proposed recommendations. The Council is now seeking your views on the Survey findings and proposals.  These can be sent to

civiclicensing@stirling.gov.uk.

Read the last unmet demand survey report

List of wheelchair accessible vehicles

Taxi vehicle licence

A licence is required for vehicles which ply for hire in the street – the driver can accept passengers for reward at taxi stances, in the street and can be flagged down by members of the public. Taxi vehicle operators can also accept pre-arranged bookings.

When you submit your application, include:

  • details of your car's insurance
  • an MOT certificate if the car is over 1 year old
  • a V5 certificate

The fee for a taxi vehicle licence is £234 for one year.

Application for taxi vehicle

The roof sign will carry the Stirling Council logo and identify the taxi plate number at both sides of the roof bar, for example: T350.

Council plates are green in colour and are found on the rear and front bumper of the car. They have the vehicle licence number, vehicle registration number, vehicle make and colour and expiry date.

Restricted taxi vehicle licences will have white plates showing the same details. These vehicles cannot ply for hire within a 5-mile radius of Stirling city centre.

Download the council plate specification guide

Taxis must carry a fare table. This must be on display at all times.

Current fare table

Taxi driver licence

Licenced taxi drivers can drive taxis and private hire vehicles.

When you submit your application, you should include:

  • two passport-style photos, signed on the reverse
  • either a passport or birth certificate
  • your DVLA driver summary check
  • your DVLA photocard licence

The fee for a taxi driver licence is £143 for one year.

The address on the application and your DVLA licence should be the same. If you do not have a valid DVLA licence your application cannot be considered. You cannot apply for a taxi driver's  licence if you have held your driver's licence for less than 12 months. You are also required to declare any criminal convictions which are not treated as being spent.

Download a taxi driver application form

Taxi vehicle specification Vehicle inspection

The holder of the licence must present the vehicle to one of the approved Council garages to undergo and pass an annual inspection.

Vehicles can be no more than five years old when first being licensed by Stirling Council. There is no upper age limit for vehicles after they are licensed.

Vehicles are subject to frequent testing depending on the age and type of vehicle.

More information can be found here.

Condition of Vehicles

The holder of the licence shall ensure that the vehicle, including all bodywork, upholstery, and fittings, is maintained in a safe and serviceable condition, and subject to prevailing road conditions, is kept clean and tidy both internally and externally.

Display of Plates and Signs

The holder of the licence shall ensure that while the vehicle is in use as a taxi, any licence and fare plates issued by the Council are displayed

Taxi Vehicle Test Certificate

Once the vehicle has passed on all points, the inspector from the garage will send a completed Test Certificate to the Licensing Section and the Taxi Vehicle Licence and plates will be issued.

Private hire vehicle licence

Vehicles with a private hire licence can only accept bookings that are made by prior arrangement for a journey or hire. Private hire vehicles in Stirling cannot be white or silver in colour and are not allowed to have roof signs

When you submit your application, you should include:

  • details of your car's insurance
  • an MOT certificate if the car is over 1 year old
  • a V5 certificate

The fee for a private hire vehicle licence is £158.

Council plates are purple in colour and are found on the rear and front bumper of the car. They have the vehicle licence number, vehicle registration number, vehicle make and colour and expiry date.

Download the council plate specification guide

Private hire driver licence

Private hire drivers are only licences to drive private hire vehicles. When you submit your application, you should include:

  • two passport-style photos, signed on the reverse
  • either a passport or birth certificate
  • your DVLA driver summary check
  • your DVLA photocard licence

The fee for a private hire driver's licence is £143 for one year.

The address on the application and your DVLA licence should be the same. If you do not have a valid DVLA licence your application cannot be considered.

Download a private hire vehicle licence application form

Private hire vehicle specification

Vehicle inspection

The holder of the licence must present the vehicle to one of the approved Council garages to undergo and pass an annual inspection. Vehicles can be no more than five years old when first being licensed by Stirling Council. There is no upper age limit for vehicles after they are licensed. Vehicles are subject to frequent testing depending on the age and type of vehicle.

More information on the specification of private hire vehicles can be found here.

 

Condition of vehicles

The holder of the licence must ensure that the vehicle, including all bodywork, upholstery and fittings, is maintained in a safe and serviceable condition and, subject to prevailing road conditions, is kept clean and tidy internally and externally.

Display of plates and signs

The holder of the licence shall ensure that while the vehicle is in use as a taxi, any licence and fare plates issued by the Council are displayed.

Private hire test certificate

Once the vehicle has passed on all points, the inspector from the garage will send a completed test certificate to the licensing section and the licence and plates will be issued.

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