Everything You Need to Know About Driving a Black Cab

Driving a taxi for a living can be a great way to make a living. You’re constantly meeting new people and don’t have to be stuck behind a desk all day.

If you’re considering becoming a black cab driver then you should find the information below extremely useful.

Minimum requirements

In order to become a black cab driver, there are certain minimum requirements you’ll need to meet. Although these can vary, in general you’ll need to –

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have a full UK drivers licence
  • Be eligible to live and work in the UK

In addition to this there are also medical requirements you must meet in order to work as a black cab driver.

Getting a licence

Black cabs are public hire vehicles. This means that unlike private hire vehicles, they can display a ‘taxi’ sign on the cab and also be hailed from the street. This being the case you need to apply for a public hire taxi driver’s licence in order to work as a black cab driver.

The requirements for getting a licence vary from one city to the next. Assuming you want to become a black cab driver in London, the requirements are –

  • You must be of good character – You will need to submit to a criminal background check in order to apply for a taxi driver’s licence in London.
  • You must be medically fit – You will also need to undergo a medical exam with someone who has access to your medical records in order to show that you’re physically fit enough to work.
  • You must pass the Knowledge – The Knowledge is a notoriously difficult competence test that all London black cab drivers must pass. In order to pass you must show that you have an intimate knowledge of all of London’s roads and landmarks.  Although the Knowledge is unique to London, every council will require you to take some kind of competence test in order to work.

Getting insurance

In order to work as a black cab driver, you’ll need to have the right insurance in place. There are many insurance providers who offer black cab insurance so finding the right policy shouldn’t prove too difficult.

A couple of good ways to save money on black cab insurance are –

  • Getting a lot of quotes – Getting quotes from a lot of different insurance providers is one of the best ways you can save money on black cab insurance.  http://www.multiquotetaxiinsurance.co.uk/london-black-cab-insurance is one such site that enables you to get quotes very easily.
  • Paying for your policy annually – Another good way to save on the cost of your insurance is to pay for the policy upfront rather than monthly.