Getting A Taxi Licence: All You Need To Know

It may seem like a big step, but becoming a taxi driver is something almost anyone can do, whether it acts as a career replacement or simply a way to earn some extra cash on the side. However, there are requirements that must be met before your new life as a cab driver can begin.

Getting A Taxi Licence: All You Need To Know

First of all, to become a taxi driver you will need to prove that you are a fit and proper person that is capable of the responsibility. This includes:

  • A CRB check
  • A clean DVLA of at least two years
  • A DSA pass certificate
  • Successful completion of a Group 2 standard medical
  • Two passport-sized photographs
  • Three written references
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport

You may also be required to pass a knowledge test to prove that you can navigate the local area. Bare in mind that you will be required to pay all of the fees associated with these tests as well as the set licence fee to become a taxi driver.

Vehical Specifications

Both the driver and the vehicle itself need to receive separate licences in order for a complete taxi licence to be granted. Specifications include details such as engine capacity (minimum 1.6 model), width of rear seat (minimum 48") and seating capacity (minimum 5 person, maximum 8 person).

Taxi or Private Hire?

Make sure you know which route you want to follow. Taxi cabs roam the streets searching for potential customers to pick up, whereas private hire cars are only allowed to cater to bookings.

More Information

For more information on how to get a taxi licence, including contact details for regional licencing authorities, visit www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/Drivingforaliving/DG_182835. Getting A Taxi Licence: All You Need To Know.

Good luck!

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