Following a decision made by Council on 22 March 2021, all currently valid taxi/private hire car driver’s licence holders will have their licence extended by 1 year.
Drivers will fall into 3 categories:-
Those yet to apply for renewal will have their licence extended by 1 year.
Those who have applied for renewal will have their licence issued for 2 years once granted.
Those that are currently using their 3 month extension period will not have to apply but instead will have their existing licence extended by 1 year.
Applications for the grant or temporary grant of a Taxi/Private Hire Car Driver’s Licence will still have to apply and pay the appropriate application fee. Licences, when granted, will be issued as normal for 1 year/6 weeks.
Anyone wishing to drive a taxi or a private hire car 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/private hire cars driver's licence is valid for 1 year.
Anyone wishing to drive a taxi or private hire car on a temporary basis must hold a temporary taxi/private hire car driver's licence. The conditions for a temporary licence are the same as for a Taxi/Private hire car driver's licence.
Once granted, a temporary taxi/private hire car driver’s licence is valid for 6 weeks. Before the expiry date of a temporary taxi/private hire car driver’s licence, an application for the grant of a taxi/private hire car driver’s licence must be submitted to allow the licence holder to continue operating under the temporary licence until a decision is made on the full grant application.
Payment will be requested at the end of the online application process. If you are submitting a physical copy of the application to the One Stop Shop you will also need to access the online application process. You will be given the option indicating that you are submitting a physical copy of the application and this will take you straight to the payment screen.