Taxi and Private Hire Car Licensing: Best Practice for Licensing Authorities, Second Edition, April 2012

Guidance for local licensing auhtorities on the licensing of taxis and private hire cars and their drivers.


11.1. The Transport (Scotland) Act 2001 enables the Scottish Ministers to issue guidance to local transport authorities on the preparation of local transport strategies. The latest guidance was issued in February 2005 and proposed that authorities develop strategies covering a 3-year period.

11.2. Taxis and private hire cars are an important link to the public transport chain, filling gaps in overall transport provision not least for those who do not have access to a car. Local authorities are asked to consider the role that taxis and private hire cars play in public transport and ensure that the licensing system in place is appropriate to local needs and circumstances, including those of disabled people. In acknowledgement of the importance of taxis and private hire cars to the transport infrastructure, authorities are encouraged as best practice to engage with operators and representative bodies including disability interests in any review of their transport strategies.

11.3. 'Scotland's Transport Future: Guidance on Local Transport Strategies' (, identified a number of policy themes in regard to taxi and private hire car services which authorities could consider in the preparation of their transport strategies (see Part 3, paragraphs 3.43 - 3.46).


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