Private hire vehicle licence

The application requirements and the specifications for private hire vehicles can be found here. Full details of our vehicle policy can be found within the 'Private Hire Driver and Vehicle Policy and Conditions' booklet which is below.

The vehicle application requirements are:

  • completed application form
  • the vehicle must be less than 5 years old (from the date of registration) at the time of licensing
  • the vehicle can carry a maximum of 8 passengers
  • a valid certificate of motor insurance for hire and reward
  • a valid certificate of compliance (MOT) must be obtained from one of our designated garages
  • the vehicle cannot be licensed by another authority
  • the vehicle must comply with Slough Borough Council's policy on tinted windows (policy attached below)

Any vehicle licensed by us must fall into the following Euro NCAP or European classification groups:

  • large family
  • executive
  • small MPV (4 passengers only)
  • large MPV
  • large off-road 4x4
  • European commission classification D, E, F, M and J


There is no age limit for stretch limousines. However all vehicles must be inspected by a Licensing Officer before it is licensed and must meet the following criteria:

  • all vehicles must be constructed to carry no more than 8 passengers
  • a valid single vehicle approval (SVA) certificate must accompany a licence application
  • a valid certificate of compliance (MOT) must be obtained from one of our designated garages (this test must be carried out every 6 months)
  • appropriate seat belts must be provided for all passengers in the forward and rearward facing seats
  • all tyres and rims must comply with or exceed the vehicle manufacturer's requirements or specifications
  • all windows in the drivers cab area shall conform to current legislation with regard to tints
  • all glassware provided by the proprietor for use in the vehicle shall be polycarbonate or shatter-proof glass

Certificate of Compliance - designated garages

PM Autos
148 Edinburgh Avenue
Tel:01753 533007

Thames Valley Garage
George House
2a Bower Way
Tel: 01628 666100

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 if you have any further queries.

Contact us

Contact Licensing form

01753 875664
Mon to Fri 9.30 am - 4.30 pm

In person
Mon to Fri 9.30 am - 4.30 pm