Check a Private Hire Driver, or Vehicle
Need to carry out a PCO License check? Contact Transport for London to check whether a private hire driver, operator or vehicle is licensed. This is useful for if you are an operator checking on a potential driver’s license, if you are a driver checking up on a potential employer, or perhaps even if you are using a vehicle and want to ensure that it’s licensed. Alternatively, please use the on-line check below:
Find A Licensed Private Hire Operator
Another tool that may be of use is ‘Findaride’ service where you can find licensed minicab offices and other private hire operators in your area. This is quite useful if you are looking for employment and trying to find someone to work for. Obviously companies advertise for new drivers but it’s usually good to take the initiative and go directly to them.
Why is licensing important?
Licensing and regulation gives passengers the confidence that when they use a licensed private hire operator, licensed driver, or licensed vehicle that they are dealing with an honest, professional organisation with reliable drivers and safe vehicles.
The Public Carriage Office (TfL) issues three types of PCO license in relation to the private hire trade.
Private Hire Drivers License
This is the license that allows drivers to work and be employed as minicab/chauffeur drivers in London. All Private Hire Drivers need this license so if you want to work as a minicab/chauffeur driver in London then contact us to submit your application. Please note, you will have to fulfill several requirements to get the license but as long as you’re over 21, have held your driving license for for 3 years, in good health and a good honest character then you should be fine. Once you have this license you must ensure that customers can clearly see it when you are working which ensures they know you are a fully licensed driver and you are not an ‘illegal cabbie’.
If you are caught working without a valid License you could face the possibility of not being able to apply for a number of years! So, get legal, stay legal and continue earning an honest living.
Private Hire Vehicle License
The PCO wants to make sure that all vehicles used for hire and reward are in good condition and fit for use, so it is a regulation that all private hire vehicles are licensed and it is the responsibility of the vehicle owner to apply for a licence. This may be you if you own your own car, or it could be the company you work for. If you rent a PCO vehicle from a third party it would the their responsibility but ultimately you have to make sure it’s legal while your behind the wheel. Private Hire vehicles must display their licenses in both the front and rear windows.
If you have any questions about the PCO vehicle licence then please use the ‘vehicles’ drop-down in the main menu. If you want to get your vehicle inspected and licensed then call the NSL Call Centre on 0343 222 5555 to book an appointment. It should cost around £100 in total for the inspection and the license.
If you want to run your own minicab/chauffeur office in London and accept pre-booked journeys then you must be licensed by Transport for London (TfL) or risk being prosecuted. There are several types of licenses covering a range of uses. The Operators license is valid for 5 years and must be displayed in a place where the public can view it. To check whether an operator is licensed you can use this online checker.