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.

Last updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 2:51 PM