Taxi licensing

Hire car and driver licensing

Taxis

For the operation of a vehicle as a taxi, that is, a vehicle which plies for hire in Midlothian:

Currently there is no availability. The Council will refuse any new applications are there is no significant demand for the services of taxis which is unmet.

A waiting list is maintained of interested parties. Persons interested can write to the Council to express an interest.

Taxi drivers

A licence is required to drive a taxi plying for hire in Midlothian.

Applicants have to pass a topographical test to demonstrate an awareness of Midlothian such that the passenger can be conveyed directly to the destination and be medically fit to DVLA Group 2 Standard with the exception of visual acuity where group 1 standards apply and diabetics who are insulin dependent who subjected to a risk assessment regarding the likelihood of loss of consciousness at the wheel.

Exemption schemes apply in relation to drivers who are unable to assist passengers and the carrying of Guide and Hearing Dogs.

Private hire cars

For the operation of a vehicle as a private hire car ie by prior appointment: 

A private hire car is a motor vehicle constructed or adapted to seat fewer than 9 passengers ie other than a taxi or public service vehicle.

Private hire car drivers

A licence is required to drive a private hire car in Midlothian.

Applicants are required to be medically fit to DVLA Group 2 Standard with the exception of visual acuity where group 1 standards apply and diabetics who are insulin dependent who subjected to a risk assessment regarding the likelihood of loss of consciousness at the wheel.

Exemption schemes apply in relation to drivers who are unable to assist passengers and the carrying of Guide and Hearing Dogs.

Application forms, Notes for Guidance and Conditions of Licensing are shown in the downloads section.

Copies are available from the Council Offices, Midlothian House, Buccleuch Street, Dalkeith.

On receipt, the police are consulted and background checks, including previous criminal history are carried out.