September 21, 2018

The Cabbie’s Guide to Becoming a Driver in the UK

Becoming a taxi driver is no easy feat, but the good news is that there are very few restrictions that bar people from at least attempting to become a taxi driver. The first step is training, but the true test begins when the individual is actually a fully qualified driver as that’s when hackney carriage insurance and all the other types of cover begin to crop up.

Learning to Drive

The first step is learning to drive. If the individual doesn’t own a UK or an EU driving license then they can’t become a taxi driver or even drive at all on the roads of the UK. This is why the nearest driving school should be sought out for lessons. Once the license has been gained then it’s time to apply to become a taxi driver.

Most drivers will need to be 21 years old or over and will have needed to have held their license for at least 12 months. However, licensing boards around the country are usually open to the possibility of making an exception.


This is where the choice between hackney carriage insurance and private hire insurance comes in. If the individual joins a company then it won’t matter because the choice will be made for them. But when it comes to the driver creating their own company a decision has to be made. The carriage insurance is where passengers can be picked up from anywhere, whereas private hire insurance is where the cab must be called to a certain destination to pick somebody up. Each has its own pros and cons, so weigh these up before coming to a decision.

Know the Area

The only way to get to know the area is to actually drive around it. If the area is well-known prior to actually becoming a driver then this shouldn’t be an issue. However, if some practice is needed then the only way to get better is to drive. Alternatively, there are some aids that can be used to help out with this, like GPS systems and maps, but the most competent taxi drivers will know where they are going off by heart.

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