There are all sorts of reasons to become a private hire taxi driver. You are able to work your own hours, and the money can be very good. In a world where it’s harder than ever to get a job, becoming a private hire taxi driver is a great option. To become a private hire taxi driver you’ll need a private hire taxi licence.
Licensing laws, and the process of applying for a licence, might vary from place to place. Therefore, it’s a good idea to look on your local authority website for more information about applying for a licence. Generally speaking, the process will be as follows:
Firstly you need to be eligible for a licence. You will have to be eligible for work in the UK, and you’ll need a driving licence. There are usually several additional criteria too, for example you might have to pay a fee and have a medical and CRB check.
Many local authorities will also require you to take a DSA taxi. This is a test a bit like a driving test, but at a more advanced level. There will be elements in the test that are specific to taxi driving, e.g. you will be tested on your ability to stop in certain areas in order to let out passengers safely.
To apply for your licence you’ll need to send your application to your local authority. There are also solicitors who specialize in licensing who’ll be able to advise you further.