Consultation on future policy development of taxi and private hire car licensing

What do we want to know?: 

The Licensing and Regulatory Committee, at its meeting on 17 April 2019 agreed that a consultation should be undertaken on proposed policy changes to the licensing of taxi and private hire vehicles. Some of the proposals take account of the future implementation of phase 2 of the Low Emission Zone in Glasgow.

The proposals that the Committee are seeking your views on are:

  • Whether a policy is adopted that in determining the suitability of a taxi or private hire car in terms of section 10(2) of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 Act, all such vehicles to be used as a taxi or private hire car will require to meet the emissions standard Euro IV for petrol vehicles and Euro VI for diesel vehicles by 31 December 2022;
  • Whether from 1 January 2020, the policy requiring that taxi vehicles be no more than five years of age at the date of lodging an application for a new licence or the substitution of a vehicle is removed for all applications for new and substitute taxi vehicles, subject to the replacement vehicle being a newer vehicle than that currently licensed;
  • The suitability of implementing a risk based inspection program as from 1 January 2023, which would reduce the number of inspections required for newer vehicles and increase them for older vehicles; and
  • From 1 January 2020, whether all advertising livery should be removed from the bodywork of a taxi aged 10 years of more prior to the annual inspection

Your views

We are interested in your views on the proposed changes to the licensing and regulation of taxi and private hire car vehicles, particularly on the questions raised in the consultation document.

Please submit your views by email to or in writing to:-

Mairi Millar, Head of Licensing and Democratic Services, City Chambers, George Sq, Glasgow, G2 1DU                                                                                                                                                                           

What happens next

The Licensing and Regulatory Committee will use the information you provide as part of the public consultation to consider any future policies on the licensing and regulation of taxi and private car vehicles.

Consultation start date10 June 2019
Consultation end date29 July 2019
Feedback dateDue 29 November 2019
Method(s) of Consultation Postal, Email
Target Group(s) Stakeholders, General public, Taxi Drivers
Mairi MillarChief Executive DeptGlasgow City Chambers
G2 1DU
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