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South Ayrshire Taxi and Private Hire Operators Forum

There will be a meeting of the South Ayrshire Taxi & Private hire Operators Forum on Wednesday 14th January at 10:30 in County Hall, County Buildings, Wellington Square, Ayr.

All taxi and private hire operators are invited to attend this meeting when the following will be discussed:

  1. Formal constitution for the Forum.
  2. Proposed changes to the standards for taxi and private hire operators, vehicles and drivers. Possible future changes:
    • Requirement for drivers to complete a training course before being able to drive.
    • Changing the taxi fleet over a period of a time to a single colour to be more readily identifiable.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but wish to make any comments or have points you would wish considered please let send them by 12th January 2015 by email to or by post to Licensing, South Ayrshire Council, Wellington Square, Ayr KA7 1 DR.

Change of address

The Licensing Section is now located at County Buildings, Wellington Square, Ayr, KA7 1DR. The public office is entered from Bath Place. Hours of business are Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 10am until 4pm and Friday between 10am and 3:30pm.

Age of taxi and private hire vehicles

Following on representations from the Taxi & Private Hire Operators Forum, the Council has amended the age at which vehicles must be taken out of service. For taxi vehicles the age limit has been increased from 10 years from first registration to 11 years and for private hire vehicles the age limit has been increased from 6 years from first registration to 7 years.

Testing of taxi and private hire vehicles

With effect from 2nd September 2013 all testing of taxi and private hire cars for South Ayrshire Council will be carried out by Caledonian Trucks at, 6 Whitfield Drive, Heathfield Industrial Estate, Ayr, KA8 9RX.

Offensive behaviour at football and threatening communications (Scotland) Act 2012

The new laws came into force on the 1st March 2012. The Act provides for two new offences: Offensive Behaviour related to football and Threatening Communications. A copy of the Act is available to view.

Gambling Act 2005

The Council has published its statement of Gambling Principles which will be reviewed every three years. A copy of the current Statement is available to view.

Final statement of licensing policy

The Board's Statement of Licensing Policy has been revised after consultation and the new Statement of Licensing Policy was approved on 12 February 2014.

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