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Taxis and minicabs FAQs

Taxis and minicabs


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What are the fees to become a taxi driver?|
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What do I do to become a taxi driver once I have completed all the forms?|
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What is the knowledge and safeguarding test?|
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What happens when I pass the Knowledge and Safeguarding test - when do I get my taxi driver badge?|
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What is the fee for a Knowledge and Safeguarding test?|
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When can I start driving a taxi/private hire vehicle?|
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What types of taxi driver licences are available?|

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What are the fees to become a taxi driver?
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The fees are as follows; Grant of full licence - £193, Renewal of existing licence - £178.

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What do I do to become a taxi driver once I have completed all the forms?
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You will need to make an appointment to see a Licensing Officer.

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What is the knowledge and safeguarding test?
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A test to prove you have reasonable geographical knowledge of the area in which you intend to drive, an understanding of the relevant legislation and Highway Code and questions on Safeguarding. Full details of the format of the Knowledge and Safeguarding test is given in the application pack.

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What happens when I pass the Knowledge and Safeguarding test - when do I get my taxi driver badge?
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Once the Knowledge and Safeguarding test has been passed, and all other elements of the application procedure are complete then a decision will be made on the application.

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What is the fee for a Knowledge and Safeguarding test?
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The first two sittings of the test are included in the initial 'licence fee'. If you have failed your first two, the cost will the be £25 for each further Knowledge and Safeguarding test you sit. You are allowed 8 knowledge and safeguarding tests per application - after the first 4 you are required to take a 6 month break to revise and then you can take a further 4. If you do not pass after the 8th attempt then your application will be refused.

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When can I start driving a taxi/private hire vehicle?
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You cannot start driving until a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers Badge has been issued to you.

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What types of taxi driver licences are available?
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There is one type of license, this is a 3 year full licence
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