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  • grant or renewal of a taxi licence or a private hire car licence
  • grant or renewal of a taxi driver's licence or a private hire car driver's licence
  • grant or renewal of a taxi partnership licence or a private hire car partnership licence
  • variation to a taxi partnership licence

Taxi licence

A taxi is a vehicle licensed for carrying passengers. The driver of a taxi can pick passengers up from the streets and can ply for hire in a public place.

There are 3 distinct types of vehicle used as taxis in West Dunbartonshire. These are purpose built vehicles, vehicles which have been adapted to carry wheelchair bound passengers and saloon vehicles. All of these vehicles will have a roof sign identifying them as being a taxi and will also display identification plates carrying the West Dunbartonshire Council logo and a unique plate number for the zone in which they are operating.

Vehicles are tested up to 3 times per year depending on the age of the vehicle. Once granted, a taxi licence is valid for 3 years.

Private hire car licence

A private hire vehicle is licensed for carrying passengers. However, all fares must be pre-booked. It is different from a taxi in that a private hire car driver cannot pick passengers up from the streets or ply for hire in public places. If the driver of a private hire car plies for hire in a public place or picks up passengers from the street without the hire being pre-booked then they are committing an offence.

Private Hire Cars will display identification plates carrying the West Dunbartonshire Council logo and a unique plate number.

Vehicles are tested up to 3 times per year depending on the age of the vehicle. Once granted, a private hire car licence is valid for 3 years.

Taxi driver's licence

Anyone wishing to drive a taxi (or a private hire car) must hold a taxi driver/private hire car's licence. West Dunbartonshire operate 2 zones;Clydebank and Dumbarton & Vale of Leven. Applicants must pass a knowledge test for the area in which they intend to drive before an application form will be accepted.

Applicants must have held an appropriate DVLA driver's licence for a minimum of 12 months.  

Applicants have to declare all previous convictions, whether spent or not, on the application. Once granted, a taxi driver/private hire cars licence is valid for 1 year.

Private hire car driver's licence

Anyone wishing to drive a private hire car (or taxi driver's licence) must hold a taxi driver/private hire car driver's licence. West Dunbartonshire operate 2 zones;Clydebank and Dumbarton & Vale of Leven. Applicants must pass a knowledge test for the area in which they intend to drive before an application form will be accepted.

Applicants must have held an appropriate DVLA driver's licence for a minimum of 12 months.

Applicants have to declare all previous convictions, whether spent or not, on the application. Once granted, a taxi drivers licence is valid for 1 year.