Train to become a Taxi Driver
This is a growing industry, and drivers are always wanted. However, there can be competition for business in certain areas. Most drivers are self-employed and have bought their own vehicle. Alternatively, they may be employed by an operating company, which owns the vehicles and then progress to buying and driving their own vehicle. Self-employed drivers, can progress to become an operator and increase earnings by running a private hire firm, employing other drivers.Navigator Driving School can help you prepare for the test ahead. Contact us, to find out further information and what training you may require.
Ask your council what the requirements are in your area, including the fees they charge and how to apply.
To Apply To Become A Taxi Driver You Should:
have held a full GB or Northern Ireland driving licence - or a full EU driving licence - for at least 12 months
be able to work legally in the UK
be an experienced and safe driver
You must also be a ‘fit and proper person’ - which means your background and character will be checked. Your council may carry out an enhanced criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
You May Also Need:
to take a driving test
a medical examination
a ‘knowledge’ test
Taking The Taxi Test
The assessment consists of a driving licence and eyesight check followed by a 45 minute driving test across a variety of road types, so allow atleast 60-70 mins. Each candidate will be asked to perform 2 reversing manoeuvres and possibly an emergency stop. A maximum of 9 driving faults are allowed and a high level of driving competence is required to pass.Successful candidates will be issued with a copy of their marking sheet and the relevant licensing authority issued with an e-certificate
Taxi Tests are no longer taken by the DVSA, book your test using the link below with The Blue Lamp Trust