Coronavirus Updates

Official government guidance, in relation to face coverings and the fittings of screens within vehicles can be found here.

In addition to this guidance we would ask you to do as follows.

The aforementioned guidance issued from the Scottish Government relates to the changes to taxi and private hire vehicles and the use of face coverings and the fitting of screens.

If an operator wishes to fit a screen to one of our licensed vehicles we require confirmation from your insurance company that they have been informed of the change and that the insurance is still valid. Details of who has fitted the screen and the standards adhered to must also be provided.  Vehicles must then be presented to one of our authorised testing stations to be approved for use in the licensed vehicle. There will be a fee for this of £20.00.

The guidance also details those who are exempt from wearing face coverings; operators should ensure that all drivers are made aware of these.

Where possible if members of the public are exempt from wearing a mask they should avoid public transport.

If taxis have a screen the need for masks is reduced. The purpose of the mask is to protect taxi drivers.

Members of the public can obtain an exemption certificate here, however, if there is no screens then taxi drivers have the right to refuse passengers.

If you require any further assistance please Contact the Licensing Team.

Taxi Licences

The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 provides for the licensing of taxis and private hire cars.  A taxi is defined as a hire car which is engaged by arrangements made in a public place between the persons to be conveyed in it (or a person acting on his behalf) and its driver for a journey beginning there and then. A private hire car is defined as a hire car other than a taxi.

A hire car is defined as a motor vehicle with a driver which is a view to profit available for hire by the public for personal conveyance.

A licence will be issued for a vehicle up to an eight-seater, anything over this will require a licence from the Scottish Traffic Commissioners.

The taxi vehicle specification can be viewed here.

The Planning & Regulation Panel at their meeting on 11 September 2012 agreed that there was no significant unmet demand for taxis within the Stirling Council and to continue to limit the number of taxi vehicle licences to 69.  A copy of the unmet demand survey report carried out by the Transport Research Institute at Edinburgh Napier University can be found here.

Download or View - Taxi Vehicle Licence

A licence is required for vehicles who ply for hire in the street i.e. 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 lodging your application, please include the following:

  • 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 £219 for one year or £596 for 3 years.

Taxi vehicles in Stirling must be white or silver in colour and will have a roof sign. The roof sign will carry the Stirling Council logo and identify the taxi plate number at both sides of the Roof Bar e.g. T350.

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

Council plates are green in colour, 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.

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

A private hire vehicle licence is required for a vehicle which accepts bookings by prior arrangement for a journey or hires i.e. a pre-arranged booking.

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

All vehicles licensed by us will have been tested by one of the approved testing stations. The frequency of vehicle testing is calculated by the age of the vehicle.

The taxi vehicle specification can be viewed here.

Download or View - Taxi Driver Application

Taxi drivers can drive both taxis and private hire vehicles.

When lodging your application please include the following:

  • 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 £133 for one year or £383 for 3 years.

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 and will invalidate your application.

Download or View - Private Hire Driver Application

Private hire drivers are only licences to drive private hire vehicles.

When lodging your application, please include the following:

  • 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 £133 for one year or £383 for 3 years.

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 and will invalidate your application.

Download or View - Private Hire Vehicle Licence Application

Private hire vehicles cannot ply for hire in the street. Private hire vehicles in Stirling cannot be white or silver in colour and are not allowed to have roof signs

When lodging your application, please include the following:

  • 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 £147 for one year or £379 for 3 years.

Council plates are purple in colour, 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. 

Vehicles with a private hire licence can only accept bookings that are made by prior arrangement for a journey or hire.

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

All vehicles licensed by us will have been tested by one of the approved testing stations. The frequency of vehicle testing is calculated by the age of the vehicle.

Private Hire vehicle specification can be viewed here.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 3:00 PM