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Vehicle Requirements

If you purchase your own vehicle to use for private hire purposes, you must consider the following requirements and fees.

PCO/Private Hire Vehicle Requirements

  • All new vehicles or vehicles new to licensing must be no older than five years and meet the Euro 4 standards for emissions at time of licensing
  • Vehicles already licensed by TfL must be no older than 10 years at time of licensing

Private Hire Vehicle Inspection

You must get your vehicle inspected by TfL and provide the following.

  • Existing PHV vehicle licence (if applicable)
  • V5c DVLA Vehicle Registration Certificate
  • Insurance documents
  • MOT certificate issued within the last 14 days
  • Vehicle modification documents
  • Any other relevant documentation relating to the vehicle, where appropriate, such as Voluntary Individual Vehicle Approval (VIVA)

Private Hire Vehicle Licensing Fees

Application fee £84 (non-refundable)
Grant of licence fee £56
TOTAL £140

How long does the Private Hire Vehicle last for?

All new licenses are issues for a period of 12 months.

Where and how to book my PHV inspection

To book your vehicle inspection, you must call 0343 222 5555.

Below are a list of inspection centres

Central East Site

Unit 1 North Crescent, Canning Town, E16 4TL

Central West Site

Unit 2 Aquarius Business Park, Staples corner, Priestly
Way, NW2 7AN

East Site

Unit Q1, Acorn Business Park, Crayford, Kent, DA1 4AL

North Site

Unit 2, Watermill Business Centre, Edison Road, Enfiel
d, EN3 7XF

South Site

Unit B5, Redlands, Ullswater
Crescent, Coulsdon,
Surrey, CR5 2HT

West Site

20A Airlinks Industrial
Estate, Spitfire Way, Heston, TW5 9NR

Download a list of Private Hire Vehicle Inspection Garages

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