Assessing an application for a Taxi Vehicle Licence

When you are applying for a taxi vehicle licence (TVL), the most important consideration is based on whether the vehicle is suitable for the class of licence you need and has passed the taxi vehicle test.

Guidelines for assessment

When assessing your application, Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) has a set of guidelines which it has to apply to make sure that there is a consistent approach. The guidelines are based on the following criteria:

  • the applicant is the registered keeper of the vehicle
  • the vehicle meets the criteria for the class of licence needed
  • the vehicle has passed a taximeter test (where applicable)
  • the vehicle has passed a taxi licence test

Registered keeper details

When making application for a TVL the details of the registered keeper must match those held by DVLA. If the vehicle has changed ownership, an application cannot be made until the V5 has been updated and received by the new owner, unless you can provide evidence of purchase or lease, and proof of taxing the vehicle within the last eight weeks.

Class A, Class B, Class C or Class D

Once an application has been successfully submitted you will receive a notification to contact the centre of your choice to book a taxi licence test.

There are four classes of TVL. These are explained in the table below.

Class

How the taxi can be used

Class A

These taxis will have:

  • a roof sign, coloured yellow to both the front and back
  • taxi plates on the front and back of roof signs
  • signs in the front windscreen and both rear passenger windows
  • a taximeter and printer fitted
  • a taximeter fare card prominently displayed

Outside the Belfast Zone, these taxis can be hailed, pre-booked,or hired at a taxi rank.

Within the Belfast Zone, these taxis can be pre-booked, and can be hailed from midnight until 6.00 am every Friday and Saturday night, and on public holidays.

Class B

These taxis will have:

  • a roof sign, coloured white to the front and yellow to the back
  • taxi plates with a wheelchair accessible logo on the front and back of roof signs
  • signs in the front windscreen and both rear passenger windows
  • a taximeter and printer fitted
  • a taximeter fare card prominently displayed

These taxis will be wheelchair accessible and can be hailed, pre-booked, and hired at a taxi rank throughout Northern Ireland.  

Class C

Class C taxis can only be used on a pre-booked basis, booked at an operating centre and must carry details of their booking in the taxi during the journey.

They cannot be hailed and cannot be used on taxi ranks.

Examples of Class C taxis are vehicles used for chauffeur services, weddings, funerals, and courtesy transport.

These taxis must not display a roof sign or advertise as a taxi service, but must display a sign in the front windscreen. 

Class D

These taxis are licensed to operate along set routes and are permitted to charge the passengers separate fares. Taxis operating this service can only do so under a Department for Infrastructure permit .

These taxis can also be pre-booked for executive or tour services; they can also provide services under contract for the education and health authorities.

Class D taxis do not need to display roof signs, but must display internal signs on the front windscreen and rear windows.

Taximeters and printers

From 31 May 2016 it has been a legal requirement for all Class A and B taxis to have an approved taximeter, fare program and printer fitted.  This test costs £35 and can be carried out at any DVA test centre. Download your TL2 application form here:

General requirements

  • you will not be able to have a TVL test carried out unless you have successfully completed your taximeter test - you should therefore make sure that you allow enough time to have your taximeter tested and sealed before your TVL test is due
  • ​all taxis issued with a Class A or B taxi licence must have a sealed taximeter - if you work without a sealed taximeter you are at risk of enforcement action including a Fixed Penalty Notice or prosecution

Getting your taxi plates and licence

Once you have successfully completed the taxi licence test at the DVA test centre your TVL will be available to print from your DVA Online account. Your roof plates or window labels will be printed and posted from PTLD.

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