How to get a PCO Licence (Hounslow Minicabs)
What is a PCO Licence?
The PCO Licence is also known as Private Hire Driver Licence. It allows you to work as a Minicab driver or chauffer. The PCO licence is valid for 3 years and is issued by Transport for London (TFL). With the PCO Licence, you are able to work as a driver for private operators.
Do I need PCO Licence to drive with Hounslow Minicabs?
Yes. PCO Licence is necessary in order to drive with Hounslow Minicabs.
- You need to be at least 21 years old with a valid UK driving licence for atleast 3 years.
- You should have a valid Criminal Record Check (DBS).
- You need to successfully complete a medical examination, and an English Language test.
How do I apply for a PCO Licence?
You need to follow the following steps below in order to get the PCO Licence:
• Criminal (DBS) Check:
As part of the application process, you need to prove that you are someone of “good character”. To do this, you will need to complete an enhanced DBS Check. This can cost around £60.
• Medical Test:
To obtain your PCO Licence, you will need to be declared medically fit according to DVLA Group 2 Standards. The criteria includes reaction times, hearing tests and checking for other serious health conditions. You can complete a your medical test with your GP or other health professionals who have complete access to your records. This can cost around £80.
• Topographical Skills Assessment:
The Topographical Skills assessment ensures you are able to use an A-Z Guide to locate places, as well as to plan routes (of varying distance) from one point to another. You will need to obtain your certificate from an accredited test centre.
Topographical Skills Assessment are conducted under exam conditions by TfL assessors.
• English Language Test:
The standard of English required is not advanced and equivalent to early secondary school. You will need to take a test with one of TfL’s approved language test providers. However, in many cases, your academic qualifications (such as GCSEs) can exempt you from having to take the English language test.
Cost of the PCO Licence
There are several different costs associated with the PCO Livcence. For instance, there is a cost for starting an application and another for taking the required medical test. The total cost is an estimated £700.
How to renew your PCO Licence
Your PCO Licence is valid for 3 years. To assist you, the Public Carriage Office (PCO) will send you your renewal forms a few weeks before the expiration date of your licence.
Note: It takes a few weeks for PCO Licence application to be processed. If you wait more than 3 months after your PCO Licence has expired, you will no longer be eligible for a renewal and be treated as a new applicant.