Offical Taxi Register
Who can become a Taxi driver
In the UK, to become a taxi or private hire driver, you must meet specific requirements and obtain a license. These requirements can vary slightly between different local authorities, but there are some general guidelines to follow:
- Age: You must be at least 18 years old (some areas may require you to be 21 or older). Check with your local authority for the specific age requirement in your area.
- Driving experience: You typically need to have held a full UK or European Union (EU) driving license for at least 12 months.
- Criminal record check: You must undergo a criminal record check, known as a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Local authorities will assess your application to determine if you are a "fit and proper" person to hold a taxi or private hire license.
- Medical fitness: You need to pass a medical examination to ensure that you meet the required DVLA Group 2 medical standards for professional drivers. Some local authorities may have additional medical requirements.
- Knowledge test: You may be required to pass a local area knowledge test, which can include questions about local landmarks, routes, and traffic regulations.
- Driving skills assessment: Some local authorities require you to take a taxi/private hire driving test or complete a specific driver training course to demonstrate your driving skills and knowledge of relevant regulations.
- Vehicle requirements: Your vehicle must meet specific safety and accessibility standards to be licensed as a taxi or private hire vehicle. You may need to pass a vehicle inspection and adhere to local authority regulations regarding the age, make, and model of your vehicle.
- Insurance: You need to have appropriate taxi or private hire vehicle insurance, covering public liability and any additional requirements your local authority may have.
Remember to check with your local licensing authority for specific requirements in your area, as they may vary.