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As a self-employed taxi driver, you set your own hours and can work to fit your schedule. In addition to this, you can receive tips if your services are excellent and can potentially build a network with other taxi drivers in your area. Since the lifting of lockdown restrictions, the taxi industry has been growing again, with more opportunities available now than ever thanks to the competitive market and increased demand.
Relevant qualifications and training
To be a taxi driver in the UK, you must be above the age of 18 (or 21 in certain areas) and hold a full UK driver’s license. You will also need to undergo a CRB check, which is essentially a criminal history search, and provide evidence that you have the right to live and work in the UK. Sometimes, you may be asked to complete a knowledge test or practical driving test to assess your skills and knowledge of the area you plan on operating in. Additionally, medical examinations may take place to evaluate whether you are safe to drive yourself and other passengers.
Get your taxi license
All taxi drivers must have a license and display it clearly within the interior and exterior of their vehicle when working. To get your license to drive a taxi or private hire vehicle, you need to apply to your local council. There are costs involved with this and an application process.
Sort your vehicle
You will need a vehicle that meets safety standards in the UK, particularly if you plan on working with taxi provider services. Keep in mind you will achieve higher customer satisfaction if you are driving a professional-looking vehicle, which is why you might want to look at used Peugeot cars that are on sale. However, choose a vehicle that you don’t mind getting messy because it is likely that something will be spilt, or dirt will be tracked into the car.
Familiarise yourself with the area
If you are new to a particular area or just need to familiarise yourself with the roads, try to plan out the easiest routes to take and go for a practice drive. This is also useful when construction or roadworks block your usual journey, as you may need to evaluate what other routes to take. Driving in the city doesn’t mean you will only come into contact with other vehicles, you will need to be aware of cyclists and motorbikes to keep your passengers and others safe.
Create a schedule that works for you
When arranging your work schedule, time management is the most important factor. Try to figure out what the best hours are to work in your local area in order to maximise your time and profit. More riders will typically be looking for trips in the usual rush hours from about 7-9am and 4-6pm, which are classed as peak times.