PCO Licence Requirements
Before you even consider requesting a PCO Licence Application Pack it’s worth checking to see if you meet the PCO Licence requirements.
You must be at least 21 years of age and there are no exceptions to this rule. There is no upper age limit provided you meet the other licensing requirements.
To ensure all PCO Licence Drivers are safe, honest and trustworthy they have to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure check from the DBS (Data & Barring Service) before being licensed. Having a record won’t necessarily prevent you from being licensed as it depends on the type of offence and how long ago it was. The PCO will also look at your driving licence to see if you have any driving convictions but again this won’t necessarily discount you from the application process. If in doubt please give us a call.
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 a GP for this examination. We have access to TfL approved GP’s whom charge a flat rate of £80 for PCO Medical Checks.
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 aspect your priority as soon as you get your application forms as an underlying condition could mean there is no point continuing with the remainder application process.
Route Finding Skills
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. However, you 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 a Topographical Test Certicate from an accredited topographical testing centre when sending back your application form. We have been proving Topographical Packages for a number of years. The charge is £50 with no hidden costs and it’s a 100% Guaranteed Pass.
You must hold a full DVLA, Northern Ireland or European Economic Area (EEA) state driving licence and must have had the licence for at least 3 years. If you hold an EAA licence 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.
If you meet the all the PCO Licence requirements and wish to get things moving please give us a call and speak to one of our advisors. We provide a Fast Track Solution.