How to become a Taxi Driver
This is a quick guide to explain the different types of licences available and the application process. This information only applies to HART DISTRICT COUNCIL. For other areas of the ULK, kindly contact your local Council.
Hackney Carriage or Private Hire?
Hackney Carriage vehicles, referred to as taxis, are fitted with a taxi top light and a fare meter and may ply for hire, i.e. be flagged down in the street by the public. They are permitted to stand at taxi ranks.
Private Hire vehicles operate differently; they are only permitted to take pre-booked passengers. They may have a fare meter fitted. Private hire vehicles cannot ply for hire or stand at taxi ranks.
There are three types of Driver's Licenses:
1. Hackney Carriage
2. Private Hire
3. Combined Licence, which allows you to drive both classes of vehicles.
Licences can be issued for either one or three years providing the medical and CRB are valid for 36 months. There is a reduction in the fee for the three year licence.
All drivers must be aged over twenty-one years and must complete the following:
A Driving Test with either:
The Blue Lamp Trust of the Driving Standards Agency
All applicants must pass this test which is set at a level suitable for an experienced driver. The standard is higher than the learner driver test, and it is important that you are prepared to answer questions on the Highway Code and traffic signs. Confirmation of your pass must be obtained before you can be licensed.
Book a test with either of the following organisations:
The Blue Lamp Trust
C/O Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, Leigh Road, Easleigh, SO50 9SJ Telephone: 0300 777 0157
WEB: www.bluelamptrust.org.uk Go to "Business Driver Training", then Taxi Driver Assessments.
The Driving Standards Agency
The link below will take you to the DSA pages. You are required to pass the "Standard Driving Assessment", also known as Hackney Carriage saloon vehicles and Private Hire saloon vehicles test. www.gov.uk/dsa-taxi-driving-test
An application to the Criminal Records Bureau
We require an enhanced disclosure, which involves the Police and several other agencies. A licence cannot be granted until the disclosure document is received. The fee is £44, please read the guidance leaflet before completing the application form.
Applicants are required to be examined, either by their own GP, or at Fleet Medical Centre, Church Road, Fleet (Tel: 01252 619000) or Park Road Surgery, 143 Park Road, Camberley, GU15 2NN (Tel: 0844 477 3353). The Doctor's report must be completed on the Hart District Council Medical Form. Fees are payable directly to the Surgery.
Proof of your right to reside and work in the UK
All applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are authorised to reside and work in the UK before an application may be considered. Evidence of eligibility will be required where applicable. This also applies to applicants who have been resident in any other country(s) for any length of time since the age of ten who must submit a Statement of Good Conduct from each country.
Further information can be obtained from www.workingintheuk.gov.uk or www.workpermit.com. Any documents you provide to demonstrate your right to work in the UK may be passed to the Home Office for verification.
The Taxi knowledge test
Private Hire applicants are required to pass the "Golden Rules"; a verbal examination on taxi law and Council Policy.
Applicants for Hackney Carriage and Combined Licences must also pass the "Golden Rules", together with a verbal examination on the local geography of the district. Study guides for both examinations are enclosed in the driver application packs.
A fee is charged in the event that the exam has to be retaken.
Your DVLA driving licence
You need to produce both parts of your DVLA driving licence. You must have held a full car licence for more than one year.
Previous convictions for certain offences or more than eight current penalty points on your licence may result in your application being rejected.
DVLA Licence Checks
You are also required to sign a mandate for the release of your driving licence history from the DVLA. This is to verify the information shown on your current licence and to provide details of all previous convictions; you are responsible for the fee incurred. This request complies with the provisions of the Data Proctection Act 1998.
Please contact Keith Burbidge, Licensing Enforcement Officer for an appointment when you have completed the application forms.Direct dial: 01252 774291