Becoming a Private Hire Taxi Driver

If you like the idea of driving for a living and also enjoy working with the public then you might be suited to working as a private hire taxi driver.

Below are some of the main things you’ll need to take care of to work as a private hire taxi driver.

Getting a licence

The requirements for getting a taxi driver’s licence will vary depending on which part of the country you live in. Generally the requirements for most councils are quite similar, with London being the exception. The ‘Knowledge’ test you must pass in order to work as a taxi driver in London is notoriously difficult.

The basic requirements for applying for a taxi driver’s licence are as follows –

  • You must be at least 21 years of age
  • You must be able to live and work in the UK
  • You must have a full UK or EU driving licence

In addition to this you will also need to pass a medical test as well as a good character assessment to find out if you have any serious convictions and if you would be suitable for the job. Each council will also have their own competency test that tests your knowledge of the city you intend to work in.

Getting insurance

When you use your vehicle for profit or reward, it’s no longer enough to simply have a regular car insurance. You must instead get a special private hire taxi insurance policy. This will not only cover you for road risks but will also include cover for risks such as liability claims.

You can get private hire taxi insurance quotes very easily by using a site such as Getting multiple quotes is one of the best ways you can save money on taxi insurance so it’s always worth doing.

Finding work

In order to find work as a private hire taxi driver, you will ideally have a good amount of previous experience working as a taxi driver or at least in some other kind of driving job. However this isn’t necessarily a requirement since everyone has to start somewhere.

The fact that Uber exists means that private hire taxi drivers now have other options than simply working for a mini cab or black cab company. You can get your own work through the Uber app, providing you meet their requirements.

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