Disabled Drivers

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:

  • cardiovascular
  • endocrine system
  • musculoskeletal
  • neurological
  • psychiatric
  • vision

medical examinationBased 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:

  • Epilepsy
  • 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
  • Heart problems
  • 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.

Application Form

You can either download an application form or you can get one posted direct to your home but if you require an application in a larger font size, please call 0343 222 4444 and a large text version can be sent out to you. Please feel free to contact us, we will ensure you get the best possible support and assistance. We are here to make your application a breeze!

Vehicle Modifications

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

Telephone: 0343 222 4444 (08:00 to 17:00 Monday to Fridays)
Email: tph.enquries@tfl.gov.uk

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PCO License Requirements

Before you apply, you’ll need to meet all the following PCO License requirements:

Age

To be a licensed driver you must be at least 21 years of age and there are no exceptions to this rule. There is no upper age limit though, provided you meet the other licensing requirements, so you can look forward to a long career in the private hire business.

Character

To ensure that the drivers it licenses are safe, honest and trustworthy you will have to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure check from the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)  before being licensed. Having a record won’t necessarily prevent you from being licensed though as it depends what type of offence it was for and how long ago it was. The PCO will also look at your driving license to see if you have any driving convictions but again this won’t necessarily discount you from the application process.

Medical Fitness

Private hire drivers are professional drivers carrying passengers for hire and reward and so the PCO requires that you will need to have a similar medical check-up to those required for drivers of large goods vehicles, buses and coaches. These standards are based upon DVLA Group 2 you will need to book an appointment with your GP for this examination.

It is difficult to cover all possibilities, but certain conditions such as epilepsy, poor eyesight, insulin treated diabetes and serious heart problems could result in an application being refused. If possible make this section your priority as soon as you get your application form as an underlying condition could mean there is no point continuing with the application process.

Route Finding Skills

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You won’t need the same knowledge and skills as a taxi driver because private hire journeys are pre-booked so journeys can be planned but you will still need to demonstrate skills which allow you to plan a journey including map reading and route selection.You will have to provide evidence of your topographical skills from an accredited topographical testing centre when sending back your application form.

Driving Ability

You must hold a full DVLA, Northern Ireland or European Economic Area (EEA) state driving license and must have had the license for at least 3 years. If you hold an EAA license then you must also obtain a GB counterpart before you can apply. If you haven’t held these for the required amount of time then there will be no point of applying.

English Language Requirement

All applicants must prove with documentary evidence, that they are able to speak, listen, read and write in English. There are many qualifications which are satisfactory forms of proof. For further details please give us a call and we can discuss your options.