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Requirements for a taxi or private hire driver licence

Skills required for drivers

To apply to be a taxi or private hire driver, you must have:

  • held a full driving license for at least 12 months
  • an acceptable driving history
  • good driving skills and an awareness of road safety
  • no current convictions that would consider you unsuitable to transport members of the public
  • a detailed knowledge of the area of North Hertfordshire, including street names, major landmarks and one-way systems
  • good verbal communication skills
  • good numeracy skills for handling cash
  • the ability to deal with angry or drunken passengers
  • an awareness of disabled access issues

To become a licensed driver, you must consent to an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check and be able to satisfy DVLA medical requirements. Potential drivers must also pass a knowledge test.

Training and advice

There are courses available for drivers who wish to gain a qualification in taxi driving.

If you would like some useful information about taxi driver safety, details can be found on the safety advice for taxi drivers page.