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Under the terms of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 a taxi operator must be licensed to allow the licence holder to operate within the licensed area.

Please note, East Ayrshire Council have restricted the number of Taxi Operator Licence’s and any person submitting an application for the grant of a Taxi Operator’s licence would be invited to attend a Local Government Licensing Panel to put a case forward should they consider there is an unmet demand in any locality within East Ayrshire.

Please note however there is currently not a restriction on Private Hire Car Operator Licence’s. A Private Hire Car Operator’s Licence would allow you to operate by taking advance bookings only, as an uplift of a hire from the street is prohibited.

Before applying for a taxi operator's licence, the applicant must have held a taxi driver's licence for at least one year.

For further information on taxi licensing please contact the Licensing Unit. 

Contact Information


Licensing Board Administration
London Road
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 07557 168826