Private hire vehicle licence

Vehicle requirements from 1 September 2018

New applicants

On 1 September 2018, we will introduce a new Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) policy for all new applicants. Vehicles being licensed must comply with the following:

  • all vehicles being licensed by a new applicant must be to the ULEV standard - ULEV means a vehicle that uses low carbon technologies and emits less than 75g of Co2/km from the tailpipe (exhaust) and is capable of operating zero emissions for a range of at least 10 miles
  • all vehicles must be less than 3 years (from date of first registration) when first licensed
  • new applicants will not be permitted to have a currently licensed vehicle transferred to them from the effective date unless the vehicle is of the required ULEV standard.
Please note the vehicle registration document (V5) will be required in order to confirm the vehicle meets the above requirements. 

Current licence holders

All currently licensed saloon type private hire and hackney carriage vehicles are to remain licensed until they reach 9 years of age. Please note the following does not currently apply to wheelchair accessible vehicles:

  • all new vehicles being licensed by current licence holders are to meet the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) standard - Euro 6 diesel/Euro 5 petrol
  • from the 1 September 2020 all new vehicles being licensed by current licence holders are to meet the CAZ standard - Euro 6 diesel/Euro 6 petrol
  • all new vehicles are to be ULEV from 2025.
Please note the vehicle registration document (V5) will be required in order to confirm the vehicle meets the above requirements. 

Any vehicle can be considered for licensing, subject to our current policies. Licensing officers will have a discretion to refuse applications if they feel the vehicle is unsuitable and/or unsafe. Officers will also determine how many adult passengers the vehicle can safely and comfortably carry. 

Please contact the licensing team for advice on licensing limousines or novelty type vehicles.

Certificate of Compliance - designated garages

PM Autos
148 Edinburgh Avenue
Slough
SL1 4SS
Tel:01753 533007

A & S MOT Slough
Unit 1A Stoke Gardens
Slough
SL1 3QB
Tel: 01753 206760

Thames Valley Garage
George House
2a Bower Way
Slough
SL1 5HX
Tel: 01628 666100

A & A MOT
16-20 Long Barn Lane
Reading
RG2 7SZ
Tel: 01189 872280

If you would like to apply for a private hire vehicle licence then please contact our licensing team to make an appointment to submit your application or email licensing@slough.gov.uk if you have any further queries.

Contact us

Online
Contact Licensing form

Telephone
01753 875664
Mon to Fri 9.30 am - 4.30 pm

In person
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Mon to Fri 9.30 am - 4.30 pm

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