What are the requirements to become a taxi driver in the UK?
Are you wondering what the requirements to become a taxi driver in the UK are? If so, you are in the right place. In this article, we’ll talk about all the steps you need to take to legally become a taxi driver in the United Kingdom as well as some of the things you can do to become one of the best professionals in the industry.
Do I need to go to college to become a taxi driver?
You don’t need any special qualifications to become a taxi or a minicab driver, but you could give yourself an edge over your competitors when you’re looking for work if you do get a qualification. Some of the qualifications you could get include a Level 2 Certificate in Road Passenger Vehicle Driving - Taxi and Private Hire or a Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to the Role of the Professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver. To get onto a level 2 course, you will normally need at least two GCSEs at grades (A* to D).
What other requirements do I need to meet?
If you want to work for a taxi company, you will need to meet their licensing and registration requirements. You will also need to meet the requirements of the local authority whose area you are working in. In most cases, you will need your own vehicle and cars aren’t normally provided to drivers. You can apply for a taxi driver’s licence with the licensing unit at your local council. If you live in London, you will need to apply with TfL (Transport for London). You will normally need to have been driving for one year, or three years if you live in London before you can apply to become a taxi driver.
What kind of skills do I need to become a taxi driver?
If you do want to become a successful taxi driver, you will need great customer service and listening skills. You’ll also need to work well with others – even if you are alone in your cab, you will still need to communicate well with the team back in the office. Patience is very important when you’re working as a cab driver, so you’ll need to remain calm in stressful and challenging situations. A great knowledge of local roads and routes is a must, and you’ll need to work well under pressure. You’ll also need good health and safety knowledge and be able to deal with difficult customers.
What else will I need?
Before you get a taxi driver’s licence, you’ll need to complete a driving skills assessment. Background checks will be carried out on you, and you’ll also need to pass a medical check. You must be at least 18 years of age, though you’ll need to be a minimum of 21 years old in London. If you work in London, you’ll need to pass the local geography test known as ‘The Knowledge’. If you become a private hire driver, you will require hire or reward insurance. It’s also a good idea to source public liability insurance so you’re covered if anything does go wrong whilst you’re at work.
What other duties does the role involve?
When you’re not driving, you will need to carry out a range of other tasks. These include loading and unloading your passengers’ luggage, taking payments, helping people get in and out of your vehicle, making sure your vehicle remains clean and roadworthy and ensuring all records and accounts remain up to date.
How could my career progress?
Once you have been working as a professional taxi or private hire vehicle driver for several years, you could eventually become a manager or supervisor back in the cab office. Some people start working in the field of licensing. You may even decide to start your very own private hire company.
About Flex Taxis
At Flex Taxis, we are eager to hear from you if you are interested in driving with us. We can provide you with a mix of account and cash work, and you can opt to be paid monthly or weekly. You are free to choose your own preferred working area and the services that you want to provide from your vehicle. Why not complete the application form today?
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Posted: July 26, 2022