Steps to Becoming a Black Cab Driver

If you’ve ever thought of becoming a black cab driver then you’ve likely realised that there’s more to it than simply being able to drive.

There are certain steps you need to go through before you’re able to legally work as a black cab driver.

In addition to getting a public hire taxi driver’s licence, you’ll also need your own cab as well as a black cab insurance policy.

Below is an explanation of each of the steps you need to take to become a black cab driver.

Getting a licence

The first step to becoming a black cab driver is to get a public hire licence. The requirements for getting a public hire licence will vary depending on which part of the country you live. However the requirements below are pretty standard across the board –

  • You must be at least 21 years of age
  • You must hold a full UK driver’s licence
  • You must be legally able to work in the UK
  • You must pass a medical test
  • You must be able to demonstrate competence and have a good knowledge of your local area

It’s worth pointing out that if you want to work as a black cab driver in London then you’ll need to pass the notoriously tough test known as The Knowledge. This requires you to have an intimate knowledge of the city’s roads and landmarks.

Getting a vehicle

Once you have your public hire licence, you’ll of course need to get your own cab.

Many black cab drivers own their vehicle and work self-employed. If you don’t want to commit to buying your own cab initially then you might have the option to get it on a lease, depending on where you look.

When getting your own cab, it’s extremely important that you ensure it’s fit for the road and in good condition, inside and out. Don’t forget that the safety of your passengers is your responsibility while they’re in your vehicle.

Getting insurance

The last step is to get black cab insurance.

The main insurance options with a black can insurance policy are –

  • Third party - This is a very basic policy and will only cover other vehicles if you’re to blame for a collision. However this is also the cheapest option and will allow you to work legally.
  • Comprehensive - A comprehensive policy is the best choice if you want to protect your cab since you’ll be covered even when you’re to blame for an accident.
  • Public liability - Liability claims are always a risk so you must get this type of cover when you drive a black cab.