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Job Description

Taxi drivers either work in traditional hackney cabs or in private hire vehicles. They expected to know the best route for their customers and will need to have a good memory. Drivers will need to be competent handling money and good at communicating with their customers.

Entry Requirements

You'll need to apply for a taxi driver's licence from the licensing unit of your local council or from Transport for London (TfL).

If you're a private hire driver in London, you'll need to take out hire or reward insurance. You'll also need to meet the English language requirement and be able to live and work legally in the UK.

Each licensing unit has its own conditions, but you'll usually need to:

  • have a full UK or EU driving licence, held for at least 12 months (3 years in London)
  • pass a criminal records check
  • pass a medical
  • be over 18 (21 in many areas, including London)
  • pass a geographical test (the 'knowledge' in London)

Career Path and Progression

If you're employed by a larger taxi firm, you could become a supervisor or manager in the dispatch control room. You could also move into taxi licensing with a local authority.

As a self-employed driver, you could become a taxi operator and increase your earnings by running a private hire firm, employing other drivers.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Train driver
  • Bus or coach driver
  • Chauffeur
  • Community transport driver
  • Tram driver

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Excellent driving skills
  • Awareness of road safety
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to deal with difficult customers in a calm manner
  • Good customer service
  • Good knowledge of the area you are operating in

Starting Salary

£14,000 to £30,000

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