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Updated PCO Licensing Requirements

20th April 2023
Posted In: Guides

As part of the updated PCO licensing requirements for new drivers in London, Rapid Vehicle Management, one of the leading PCO rental providers in London, would like to inform all PCO drivers of the changes in licensing requirements. These changes aim to improve the safety and quality of private hire services in London. They also ensure that drivers have appropriate communication skills to serve passengers effectively. Failure to meet these requirements means you will not have a license to work in London. Therefore, please review the below information. Please consider the possible impact this may have on you as a potential or existing PCO driver.

What are the updated licensing requirements for PCO drivers?

With effect from Saturday 1st April 2023, all new London private hire driver applicants require a B1 level of English language proficiency. This is equivalent to an International English Language Testing System score of 4.5 or above. They will also have to take a new enhanced driver assessment. This includes safeguarding training before being granted a license. Also, applicants must pass a medical declaration and provide evidence of their right to work in the UK. These new licensing requirements aim to upgrade passenger protection and ensure that all private hire drivers in London meet the same high standards.

How will the changes affect new PCO Drivers?

In short, before they can receive a license potential PCO drivers who apply following the recent changes must pass the below:

Any PCO driver who had failed to demonstrate an appropriate level of English language proficiency (known as the ELR) by 30th September 2021 has until 30th September 2023 to take and pass the English language speaking and listening test and the SERU assessment. Click here for further information on how new changes may affect you. Additional information can also be found by visiting tfl.gov.uk/ph-language.

What happens next?

TfL (Transport for London) will contact new and existing applicants providing further information on their assessment schedules, such as date and time. Once TfL notify you about your booking, it is important to make every effort to attend. If you are unable to attend your allotted assessment for whatever reason, please contact: tphdriverassessments@tfl.gov.uk.

Are you updated and ready to hit the road?

At Rapid Vehicle Management, we commit to keeping drivers informed about changes in PCO licensing requirements. Meeting requirements ensures our drivers can continue to earn an income on the road. We know how essential it is to comply with these changes and will continue to provide regular updates on any further alterations within the industry. Furthermore, we also provide additional multiple built-in money-saving benefits for all PCO rentals as standard. These benefits include:

If you are a new or existing London PHV driver, our specialist team is waiting to help secure you a PCO rental today! Our onboarding process is simple. All you need to do is:

Call 01732 747190 or click and update your vehicle for an economical PCO rental today!

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