Taxi/private hire car drivers

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A driver's licence is for the person who will be driving the car/vehicle.

(An operator's licence is required for the vehicle being used as a taxi/private hire car)

Taxi/Private Hire Drivers may be interviewed by Police Scotland as part of their assessment of your fitness as a "fit and proper person" to hold a licence.

New taxi/Private Hire Drivers will require to obtain a completed Medical Assessment Form by a Doctor which complies with DVLA Group 2 standards. The Medical Assessment Form must be completed and submitted along with the application or we will not be able to accept the application for processing. The Medical Assessment Form can be found with the Application Form for a Taxi/Private Hire Driver Licence.

Taxi Drivers have to sit a knowledge test of the zone in which they wish to operate, but Private Hire Drivers do not.

If there are no objections, and or representations, to your application then it can be dealt with under delegated authority by the Service Leader – Legal and Democratic. However, if there are objections and or representations from either Police Scotland or Angus Council Head of Finance, then your application will be submitted to the Council’s Civic Licensing Committee for consideration and determination by elected councillors.

New drivers must have held a current national (DVLA) driving licence for 12 months prior to the date of application.

Please note that drivers aged 45 or over will require to submit a medical certificate on first renewal and thereafter every six years. Drivers aged 65 or over will require to submit annual medical certificates.

Four licensed zones within Angus

Both drivers and operators will be asked to apply for one zone in their application. Each driver/operator must either uplift or drop off passengers within the zone for which they are licensed.  The zones are:

  • Arbroath/Carnoustie
  • Forfar/Kirriemuir
  • Montrose/Brechin
  • Monifieth /Sidlaw

New drivers will be asked to pass a knowledge  test of their zones.

Immigration Act 2016

Since 1 December 2016, Angus Council has been under a legal duty not to grant a taxi driver or private hire car (PHC) driver licence to any person unless a check has first been made to verify that the person is not disqualified by reason of his or her immigration status from holding such a licence.

All applicants for new and renewal taxi or PHC driver licences require to bring original documents demonstrating that they have the right to work in the UK to an arranged appointment. All applicants must attend the appointment in person. Licensing staff must check the validity of the original documents in the presence of the applicant before the application can be processed and the licence issued at a later date. The council will retain copies.

View a list of the acceptable original documents (90 KB PDF) to be brought to the appointment.

When arranging your appointment please email LawLicensing@angus.gov.uk.

Timescales

There is a minimum statutory period of 28 days to allow Police Scotland to carry out their checks. From the date of your application, the council has a period of nine months to either grant or refuse your application.

Fees

 

  Duration Fee for grant Fee for renewal
Taxi/Private Hire Car Driver
(for new licences and drivers
over the age of 65)
1 year £136 £115
Taxi/Private Hire Car Driver
(for renewals of licences where drivers
are under the age of 65)
3 years n/a £289
Application form(s)
Contact

If you have any queries, please contact the Licensing Section on LawLicensing@angus.gov.uk.

The Licensing Team are able to provide general guidance on licensing administration but cannot assist you to complete your application form or provide legal advice on whether a licence is required. You should seek legal advice from a solicitor or advice centre if you are unsure as to whether you require a licence.