Vehicle Age Rules
In general, licences are issued and renewed only for vehicles that are less than 10 years old.
The only exceptions are as follows:
There are no age limits for:
– Vehicle associated with a wheelchair accessible taxi or hackney licence that has been continuously associated with that licence since 1 April 2014
There is a 6 year age limit on vehicles associated with new licences for wheelchair accessible taxis and wheelchair accessible hackneys.
There is a 6 year age limit on a vehicle proposed for licensing as a wheelchair accessible taxi in a transaction to exchange a standard taxi licence for a wheelchair accessible taxi licence.
There is a 15 year age limit on vehicles associated with certain licences as follows:
– A standard taxi or hackney licence numbered below 45000 with which the vehicle has been continuously associated since 1 January 2013.
– A wheelchair accessible taxi or hackney licence with which the vehicle was not associated prior to 1 April 2014.
If the vehicle is changed on a wheelchair accessible taxi or hackney licence issued on or after 1 April 2014, the age of the replacement vehicle must be less than the age of the vehicle it replaces or less than 10 years, whichever is less.
Calculating the age of a vehicle
The age of a vehicle is measured from the date of its first registration in any country.
The vehicle’s age is calculated when an appointment is being made for its Initial Suitability Inspection or Licence Renewal Assessment. An appointment will not be booked if the vehicle will fail the relevant age requirement on the date of the inspection / assessment.
Checking the age of a vehicle
To see whether your vehicle meets the age requirement for initial licensing, change of vehicle or renewal, check the date of first registration of the vehicle. This can be found on the vehicle registration certificate (the logbook) in Box B.
Vehicles that are approaching their age limit
For most vehicles, the age limit is ten years. If a new or renewed licence is granted for a vehicle that is over nine years old, the licence will expire when the vehicle reaches its 10th ‘birthday’ – that is, on the tenth anniversary of the date of its first registration.
For some vehicles, the age limit is fifteen years. Once such a vehicle is over ten years old, the renewed licence will have a maximum validity period of six months. If a renewed licence is granted for a vehicle that is over 14 years and 6 months old, the licence will expire when the vehicle reaches its 15th ‘birthday’ – that is, on the fifteenth anniversary of the date of its first registration.