London Taxi Drivers
New Design Licences and Identifiers
Further to TPH Notices 07/13 and 10/13, Transport for London has commenced issuing replacement licences and identifiers to all licensed London taxi drivers in October 2013.
The new licences and identifiers will be of a similar design to existing ones but will contain a number of new security features, including a hologram and a barcode unique to the driver. In addition, following feedback from the trade, the new suburban identifiers have a larger space to show the areas in which a driver is licensed to ply for hire. Samples of the new design identifiers are below.
The replacement licences and identifiers are being issued as follows:
* From 1 October, any newly licensed driver is issued with the new style licence and identifiers.
* Drivers renewing their licence from 1 October will be issued with a new style licence. Their new style identifiers will be sent separately.
* All other drivers will receive their replacement licence and identifiers together by the end of 2013.
Drivers should display their replacement identifiers and carry the copy of their replacement licence as soon as they receive them. Drivers renting taxis should give the original licence to the owner of the taxi and ask for the return of the existing licence.
Accompanying the new documents will be instructions advising how to return existing documents to TfL.
As the new licences contain a digital image of the driver we will not be able to issue a replacement licence and identifiers to those drivers who have not responded to our requests to provide passport size photographs.
Any driver who has not yet responded to this request is urged to do so without further delay as until a photograph is provided TfL will be unable to issue the replacement licence and identifiers. Photographs can be emailed to TPHphotos@tfl.gov.uk or posted to:
Taxi Driver Photographs
4th Floor, Green Zone
197 Blackfriars Road London SE1 8NJ
Further information regarding the date by which all drivers will have to display the new style identifiers will be issued shortly.
Drivers found not displaying new design identifiers after this date will be liable to compliance action.
Interim General Manager