The Equality Act 2010 aims to protect disabled people and prevent disability discrimination and as such becoming a licensed Private Hire driver or Chauffeur is open to anyone and an employer must make reasonable adjustments for Licensed Disabled Drivers. You will still need to complete an application form like anyone else and still go through the same processes but there are some things to consider before sending in your application though.
Group 2 Medical Fitness
As with all PCO License applicants you will still need to meet the guidelines set out in the DVLA Group 2 medical standards by having a medical check-up with your GP. The examination takes around 30 minutes and you will be asked questions about the following topics:
Based on your answers and the results of the tests your doctor will give their professional opinion as to whether you satisfy the DVLA Group 2 medical standards and they will complete the remainder of the PHV/204 form, sign it, and put their surgery stamp on it. If successful then you will need to send this form back with your PCO license application.
Although it’s important that everyone has the same equal opportunities there is also an aspect of public safety and safety of minicab/chauffeurs passengers and that means that there are some medical conditions that will mean you are not able to get licensed. These include:
Insulin treated/insulin dependant diabetes
Monocular or poor vision
A progressive degenerative illness
A history of alcohol or drug abuse
A history of mental illness or severe mental handicap
A physical disability which might impair the ability to discharge the requirements of a vocational driver
Neurological or neurosurgical disorders (.e.g strokes, blackouts, head injuries)
Certain prescribed medications.
You can read more about the medical fitness examination on this page.
It may be assumed that you may need some modifications made to your vehicle to ensure that you have full control over it and you will need to be assessed by a medical professional and driver assessor who will make recommendations as to what equipment may be needed. You can arrange this by contacting the Driver Licensing Team at Transport for London.
Some examples of vehicle modifications include:
Steering wheel ball
Hand operated braking controls
Hand operated accelerator control
Reconfigured foot pedal controls
Infra-red control panel for operating vehicle lights, indicators and horn
These will need to be installed and fitted by an authorised motability installer and you will need documentary evidence that this has happened. Before you do any of this though please get in touch personally with the Driver Licensing Team
The simple fact is that if you’ve lost your PCO badge/license then you are not allowed to work as a private hire driver. It’s what marks you out as someone who has completed their training and got their PCO License. You must display your license in your vehicle at all times as this shows that you’re an official minicab driver and not a tout or illegal cabbie. If you have somehow lost your PCO License, it’s so important to get this sorted out so that you can continue working and earning your living.
It could be that you’ve simple lost it, it’s been damaged, or it’s been stolen. If your badge or licence has been lost in a public place or stolen you must report this to the Police, who will provide you with a ‘Lost in Streets’ or Crime Reference’ number.
Complete the PCO license replacement form
Private hire drivers should download and complete the ‘Application for Replacement Badge and/or License Form‘, mark it for the attention of ‘Private Hire Driver Licensing’ and return it to TFL at the following address:
TFL – Taxi and Private Hire Palestra 4th floor (Green zone) 197 Blackfriars Road London SE1 8NJ
On this form you will have to include your badge/license number so ensure you always keep a copy of this, along with your contact details, why you need a replacement, and you must also sign a declaration to state that no one else has knowingly got your license.
You will then be sent a replacement badge by Recorded Delivery post and your license will be updated with your new badge number.
If you have any questions telephone the PCO Office direct on 0343 222 4444.
Looking for Private Hire Driver Jobs? If you want to work as a private hire driver in London then you will need to get your PCO License. Without this then you will not be able to work and you won’t be able to earn so get your license application sent off as soon as possible.
Most people who get their PCO license are looking to work as a minicab driver, and there is still plenty of demand for minicab drivers as more and more people are ditching their own cars in favour of public transport, but there are other possibilities too such as working as chauffeurs, or in airport transfers. Having a PCO license opens up a lot of doors in times work is often hard to come by.
As a minicab driver you will have the greatest flexibility in deciding when you want to work and the hours you put in. Most of your journeys will be short and can involve waiting for a call from the office with details of your next fare. If you enjoy driving, meeting new people, and getting out of the office, then becoming a minicab driver could be the job for you.
Being a chauffeur has the same license requirements as a minicab driver but there are several differences:
Booking far in advance – Where as minicab drivers will get bookings minutes in advance, a good chauffeur will often be booked up weeks in advance due to the demands of the client who may wish to have use of a chauffeur all day. Time-keeping is especially important in this instance.
Dress Code – A chauffeur should always be dressed smartly and this will usually involve wearing a dark suit, white shirt and a conservative tie.
Newer Vehicle – If you are working as a chauffeur and using your own vehicle then it must be a fairly new model and also be a high-end make e.g. Mercedes, BMW, etc. It is also essential that the car is kept clean both inside and out.
If you don’t mind motorway miles then working for an airport transfer company is another good job for someone with a PCO license. You will put in a lot of miles in the job and it will require a car with plenty of boot space, but due to the time/distance you will always have a well-paid fare and tourists will often give you a big tip too.Yet again, these fares are all pre-booked some time in advance.