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New Glasgow City Council taxi inspection schedule means three annual inspections for older cabs

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In a recent move by the Glasgow Licensing and Regulatory Committee, a significant adjustment has been made to the taxi inspection programme, slated to come into effect from 1 January 2025.

The Committee, chaired by Alex Wilson, with members including Sean Ferguson, Zen Ghani, Eunis Jassemi, Leòdhas Massie, and Jill Pidgeon, convened on 28 February 2024, to deliberate on the amendment.

The decision, stemming from consultations with the taxi and private hire trade, aims to streamline the inspection processes for taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs), ensuring a more efficient regulatory environment. The committee acknowledged the importance of these changes in enhancing the safety and reliability of taxi services across the city.

Under the new scheme, vehicles will undergo inspections based on their age. Specifically, taxis aged three years and under will require an annual inspection, those between four and six years will need two inspections per year, and vehicles aged seven years and over will be subject to three inspections annually.

This updated framework aligns with previous committee decisions, including the amendments made in November 2022 and September 2023, which sought to adjust the inspection frequency and implementation dates for both taxis and private hire cars.


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