A hackney carriage must -
- hold either an M1 European Whole Vehicle Type Approval Certificate
- or an M1 National Level Low Volume Type Approval Certificate
- be in a manufacturers' single standard factory colour
- be fitted with a calendar controlled meter
- be no more than eight years old
Once licensed, a vehicle can be renewed until it is no more than 14 years old.
If your licence is due to expire on or before 30 June 2020 you can apply for a free four month licence in response to the current Covid-19 virus emergency. Further information can be found here.