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(1)The owner of any vehicle constructed or adapted to seat fewer than nine passengers may apply to the [F1licensing authority] for a private hire vehicle licence for London (in this Act referred to as a “London PHV licence”) for that vehicle.
(a)that the vehicle—
(i)is suitable in type, size and design for use as a private hire vehicle;
(ii)is safe, comfortable and in a suitable mechanical condition for that use; and
(iii)is not of such design and appearance as would lead any person to believe that the vehicle is a London cab;
(b)that there is in force in relation to the use of the vehicle a policy of insurance or such security as complies with the requirements of Part VI of the M1Road Traffic Act 1988; and
(c)that any further requirements that may be prescribed are met.
(3)A London PHV licence may not be granted in respect of more than one vehicle.
(4)A London PHV licence shall be granted subject to such conditions as may be prescribed and such other conditions as the [F1licensing authority] may think fit.
(5)A London PHV licence shall be in such form and shall contain such particulars as the [F1licensing authority] may think fit.
(6)A London PHV licence shall be granted for one year or for such shorter period as the [F1licensing authority] may consider appropriate in the circumstances of the case.
(7)An applicant for a London PHV licence may appeal to a magistrates’ court against a decision not to grant such a licence or against any condition (other than a prescribed condition) to which the licence is subject.
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