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Requirements for Bolt category in the UK

To be eligible to use the Bolt platform your vehicle must meet the following general requirements:

  • You must have no commercial branding on your vehicle
  • The vehicle must have 4 doors and a minimum of 4 seats (excluding the driver)
  • Be in excellent working condition, with no cosmetic damage

Note: When local social distancing rules are in place, the number of passengers you can carry in the standard Bolt category is limited to 3 people.

In addition to the requirements above, there are some additional requirements depending on where you are licensed:

Licensing area Additional vehicle requirements
  • Maximum vehicle age: 10 years
  • Vehicles registered as a Private Hire Vehicle after 1 January 2020:
    • PHVs under 18 months old must be zero-emission capable (ZEC) and meet the Euro 6 emissions standard when licensed for the first time
    • PHVs over 18 months old must have a Euro 6 (petrol or diesel) engine when licensed for the first time

Note: PHVs licensed in London prior to 01/01/2020 are not affected

Bristol, Southampton, Windsor and Maidenhead, Wolverhampton
  • Maximum vehicle age: 12 years
Leicester, Sheffield
  • Maximum vehicle age: 11 years
Birmingham, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Peterborough
  • Maximum vehicle age: 10 years
Milton Keynes
  • Maximum vehicle age: 6 years on first licensing. No age limits for licence extensions
Bath, Portsmouth
  • Maximum vehicle age: 4 years on first licencing. No age limits for licence extensions, as long as the vehicle passes licencing checks 
Cardiff, Derby, Dudley, Newcastle, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall
  • No age restrictions (subject to passing the council technical testing)
Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire
  • All vehicles must be 15 years old or less. 
  • Petrol/diesel vehicles must be 9 years old or less
  • Ultra-low emissions vehicles must be 12 years old or less
North Somerset
  • Maximum vehicle age on first licensing: 8 years. No age limits for licence extensions
South Gloucestershire
  • Maximum vehicle age: 15 years

Additional information:

  • You can either be an owner-driver or use a hired PHV. Please note that we do not provide vehicles to drivers.
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