Taxi/Private Hire Car Licence

Licence summary

To work as a taxi or private hire car business in Argyll and Bute, you need a licence from the Local Authority.

New legislation on transporting wheelchair users

From 6th April 2017 it is illegal for taxi drivers to discriminate against wheelchair users

Find out more about the new legislation on the gov.uk website

Completing your applicationCompleting your application

How to Apply

Apply online

You can also download the following forms:

Apply for a Private hire operator's licence

Renew a Private hire operator's licence

Apply for a Taxi operator's licence

Renew a Taxi operator's licence

Taxi partnership - amendment form

Applications must contain

  • contain the applicant’s name and address
  • the application fee
  • details of the vehicle to be used for the business
  • a valid insurance certificate
  • a MOT certificate, if applicable
  • a registration document (if this is not possible, a bill of sale is acceptable)

Your application must be accompanied by:

  • Evidence of Entitlement to work in the UK
  • Check on previous convictions for applicants seeking a new licence, and who were born or have been resident outside the UK for six months or more.

Detailed information of what should be submitted is included in these Guidance Notes.

Regulation Summary
A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Schedule of Conditions

Details of the Schedule of Conditions for a Private Hire Car Licence (pdf 89 KB)

Details of the Schedule of Conditions for a Taxi Licence (pdf 91 KB)

Fees

£131 – this type of licence runs on a 3 yearly basis. The fee is reduced by a third each year.

Contact Details

Telephone: 01546 604128 or licensing@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Argyll and Bute Council
Governance & Law
Licensing Section
Kilmory
Lochgilphead
PA31 8RT

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

A Taxi Licence shall be required for carrying on the trade as a taxi business.

A Private Hire Car Licence shall be required for carrying on the trade as a Private Hire Car business.

Drivers of these vehicles also require to hold a taxi or private hire car drivers licence.

You must not be disqualified from holding a licence and you must be a fit and proper person to be the holder of a licence.

You must not have applied for the same licence within the last year, unless there has been a material change in your circumstances since your last application.

There can be more than one name stated on this licence.

The Application ProcessThe Application process

We will:

  • send a copy of the application to Police Scotland
  • place a notice within the local authority office notice board, which states the applicant name and address and what type of licence is being applied for, that any objections or representations may be made to the local authority and how such representations should be made
  • keep a register of applications in which they will enter the details of the receipt of the application, their final decision and reasons for the decision, the details of the terms of each licence granted and a note of any suspension, variation of the terms, or surrender of a licence

The register must be available for inspection by any member of the public at reasonable times and place and any member of the public must be permitted to make a copy of it. A fee will be required for this service.
Where the local authority fails to make a decision within 6 months of the application, the licence is held to be granted or renewed.

Objections and Appeals

Objections and Appeals

If you have made an application for a license and it has been refused.

Please contact us in the first instance.

You may ask us for the reasons for our decision to refuse your application within 21 days of the decision date.

You may appeal to the sheriff against the decision, within 28 days of the decision, as long as you have already followed any available procedure to state your case to ourselves.

The appeal will only be successful if the sheriff considers that we, in making our decision, had:

  • erred in law
  • based our decision on an incorrect material fact
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • exercised our discretion in an unreasonable manner

You may then appeal on a point of law from the sheriff's decision to the Court of Session within 28 days from the date of the sheriff’s decision.

Appeals - Licence Holders

Appeals against the refusal of an application must be made to the Sheriff Principal of North Strathclyde, Paisley Sheriff Court, St James Street, Paisley, PA3 2AW.

You may appeal if we decide to suspend a licence, not to renew a licence, or not to consent to material changes to the premises or vehicle used in the course of a licence holder's work. You may appeal against the decision within 28 days of being notified, as long as you have already followed any available procedure to state your case to ourselves.

The appeal will only be successful if the sheriff considers that we, in making our decision, have:

  • erred in law
  • based our decision on an incorrect material fact
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • exercised our discretion in an unreasonable manner

You may then appeal on a point of law from the sheriff's decision to the Court of Session within 28 days from the date of the sheriff’s decision.