New Taxi Licensing Service from 1 March 2013
In 2010, the Mayor’s Air Quality Strategy (MAQS) was published which announced a number of changes for taxis and private hire vehicles including the introduction of age limits. Following requests from the trade through the MAQS public consultation, one such change was that with effect from early 2013, the
current taxi licensing system would change to introduce two MOT tests per annum and an annual licensing inspection.
The new taxi licensing system, which will commence to coincide with the changeover of the vehicle licensing and inspections service from SGS UK Ltd to NSL Ltd will require all vehicle owners to ensure their vehicles have passed two standard (Class 4) MOT tests per year. The London Cab Order 1934 has been amended accordingly.
The first MOT test must be issued no more than 14 days prior to the taxi licensing inspection and the second MOT test is to be issued six months from the date the taxi licence is granted. The six-monthly MOT tests help to ensure that taxi and private hire vehicles remain safe and road worthy for passengers
and other road users.
In addition to the two MOT tests, NSL will carry out a taxi vehicle specific inspection on an annual basis prior to a licence being issued. This annual inspection will only be carried out where there is clear evidence that a standard MOT has been issued within the 14 day period, unless the vehicle is new. If the
taxi is new then it is exempt from the requirement to undertake an MOT test for the first 12 months from the date of first registration.
Please note as part of the transition to this new system it will not be possible to have a taxi licensing inspection between 14 and 28 February 2013. This period will be available for taxi re-tests only.
All taxi vehicle licences due to expire within this period will need to be booked in for a licensing inspection before the 14 February, to ensure continual licensing.
We will be sending out further communications and reminders of the new taxi licensing services that will be provided by NSL Ltd in the lead up to the changeover on the 1 March.