You’ve decided you want to be a taxi driver, but where do you begin? Read our guide below, which tells you the important things you need to know about the taxi driver application process.
There are several requirements you’ll need to make sure you meet before applying for a taxi driver’s licence:
You might also need the following:
We recommend that you check if your local licensing authority has any specific requirements.
Many UK councils require budding taxi drivers to take an assessment to ensure that their driving knowledge and ability is at an acceptable level before gaining their taxi licence. Vehicle maintenance knowledge is also important, along with how to show consideration to passengers.
Such tests usually include both multi-choice questions as well as identifying key road signs and hazards, which you should be familiar with as a regular driver.
The cost of applying for a taxi driver’s licence depends on your location, but is usually around £430 in total. This includes the initial application fee of around £250, a skills assessment of around £40, a ‘Knowledge’ or ‘Cabology’ test fee of around £75, plus the cost of an enhanced DBS certificate, which is £66.60.
If you need to provide a medical certificate too, you’re looking at an extra £100 or so. Again, this depends on your location.
Application costs vary across the country - check yours with your local council.
Head to your local council website to find details on how to start applying for your taxi driver’s licence, and exactly what you need to provide them with. The process usually takes 12-16 weeks, however it’s worth noting that it may take much longer in cities such as London, due to the higher number of applicants.
If you are successful in securing your taxi licence and are ready to go out on the road you will need insurance that covers you against damages and injury. There are different types of Taxi Insurance available depending on what type of vehicle you drive. Swinton offer a range of Taxi Insurance policies to suit your needs.