There isn’t really any set pco license training or training providers for getting your PCO license but there are certain things you can do to make the process run a lot smoother and ensure you have a good chance of getting your license first time.
First off make sure you fulfil the requirements for becoming PCO licensed (Age, Character, Medical fitness, Route finding skills, Driving ability) then the only training you will need to take is to help you pass the topographical skills assessment. This is for the ‘route finding’ requirement of the job as most of what you will be doing is driving, something which you will have probably been doing for quite a while.
Route Finding Skills
You can see the exact specification for the topographical skills assessment on the topographical skills specification list page which will give you an insight into what you will need to know and there are . This will give you an idea of the type of questions you will be asked and you can prepare for these buy buying an A-Z map and a Road Atlas. If you want more coaching and training then most approved testing centres will offer training and advice before your test although you will often have to pay for this service.
A list of accredited topographical testing centres can be downloaded here and this includes their details, costs, and also whether they provide training. Costs for your topographical test range from £25-£50 for a half-day session including training, the assessment, and the pass certificate.
Apart from this there is no other formal training apart from when you get a job with a licensed operator who may have their own training and also your own personal training in order to keep to certain standards so that your customers get the best service.
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:
- endocrine system
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
- 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.
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!
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)
What’s stopping you?
Disabilities come in all shapes and sizes so don’t let them stop you applying today.
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.