PSV testing

Public Service Vehicles (PSV) must undergo a more rigorous annual test than the usual MOT before being used on public roads as taxis. Applications for PSV tests should be made at least six weeks before a taxi licence is required.

Test requirements

Vehicles presented for a PSV taxi inspection will be given a roadworthiness (MOT type) inspection. In addition, the vehicle must have the following:

  • a maximum of eight passenger seats
  • a suitable fire extinguisher mounted and readily available for use
  • a suitable spare wheel and the tools to fit it - a post puncture repair kit is acceptable where the original vehicle has not been supplied with the facility to carry a spare wheel
  • a roof sign with a minimum width of 750mm and a maximum height of 250mm above the roof
  • a permanent top and two doors located on each side
  • a minimum vehicle length of 3.96m, maximum width of 2.55m, and a step height no more than 435mm
  • valid PSV insurance

The inspection will also look at axle weight, the tyre load capacity, and the seating plan format. This is not an exhaustive list of requirements and does not cover Public Hire Taxis in Belfast.

For more information you can contact any Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) test centre.

New requirements

All applications made for PSV testing must indicate one of the following:

  • that they are already affiliated to a Taxi Operator’s Licence
  • that an undertaking is given by an existing operator that the vehicle will be affiliated to a Taxi Operator’s Licence following the PSV test
  • that they are exempt from the requirements of Taxi Operator Licensing

Apply for PSV testing

Applications for a taxi test can only be made by completing a PV3 application form. You will also need to complete a Supplementary PV3 form and enclose the appropriate fee.

Application forms are available from all test centres or at the links below:

After the test

DVA will issue a Vehicle Inspection Notice in place of a PSV disc when a vehicle has passed its PSV roadworthiness test (including meter test if appropriate).

The notice, printed on DVA headed paper, will be issued to the vehicle presenter as confirmation that the vehicle has passed the roadworthiness element of the taxi licensing process.

DVA will also notify Passenger Transport Licensing Division (PTLD) of vehicles that pass the roadworthiness element of the taxi licensing process. PTLD will then dispatch/post the taxi plates and labels to the licensee.

DVA testing are not responsible for issuing taxi plates and labels.

If you have any queries you can contact the PSV Licensing on:

  • phone 028 9025 4100

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