How to become a taxi driver
A beginner’s guide
Time and money
If you want to become a taxi driver you will need to apply for a licence.
The process can take quite a long time and it will cost you money.
English language skills
You will need to have a good level of written and spoken English. This is so you can communicate with customers and other people in your role as a licensed driver.
Tests, checks and training
You will also need to provide a satisfactory medical report, a criminal records check, a practical driving assessment certificate, attend and pass a disability and safeguarding training course and pass a written knowledge test.
You may also need to apply for a licence for the vehicle that you will be driving – this is to make sure the vehicle is suitable and safe.
Starting a company?
If you want to start up a company to take bookings, you may also need a private hire vehicle operator’s licence.
Now you know the basics, it’s time to find out how you apply to become a taxi driver.