How Long Does It Take To Become A Taxi Driver?
How long does it take to become a taxi driver?
There are a few different ways to get started as a taxi driver. One of the most common options is to apply directly to your local council and complete a taxi driver training course. If you decide to do this, the process can take up to 16 weeks. However, if you choose to complete a college course before applying for your licence, you could be looking at a much shorter time frame.
How to become a taxi driver: basics
A cabbie is responsible for the transport of passengers in return for payment. They can work for a local or national taxi firm, or they can be self-employed, taking fares on a private hire basis.
You may also be involved in taking fares for ride-hailing services such as Uber or Bolt. If you want to operate an Uber service, you need a private hire (PHV) license. The requirements of getting a PHV license vary between areas, but in general, you must meet certain age, driving and safety criteria.
How to become a taxi operator: self-employment
After you have your taxi driver’s licence, you can choose to either work for a local or national firm, or you can start your own business and recruit other drivers. You will need to pay a small fee and be approved by the relevant authority in order to start this business.
The main benefits of becoming a taxi driver are the flexibility and income it can offer. You can also take on various responsibilities and develop your skills as you work, including being in charge of a vehicle or being part of the dispatch team.
How to be a taxi driver: qualifications
Once you have your taxi driver’s licence, it is important to make sure you are fully qualified to drive. Depending on your region, you will need to pass a number of tests, including a hazard perception exam and a theory test, which can include questions about the road code, highway signs, routes and more. You will also need to undergo a medical examination, which can cost around PS60.
How to be a taxi operator: self-employment
Once you have gained experience, you can start working for yourself as a taxi driver. If you own a cab, this can mean more independence and more money, but it may be less flexible than having jobs allocated to you from a private hire base.
How to be a taxi owner: self-employment
Choosing whether you want to work for yourself or with an established taxi company will depend on your personal situation and how many years of experience you have. Generally, it is best to start out with an established company and gain some experience before you consider going solo.
How to be a taxi licensee: licensing
In London, public hire (Hackney carriage) and private hire (PHV) drivers are both required to pass a world-famous ‘Knowledge’ test before they can become licensed. This test assesses your knowledge of the streets and the ability to provide a safe and friendly service.