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How to register for DBS update service

How to register for DBS update service

Starting from 26 February 2024, all existing Private Hire Drivers and new applicants will need to register for the DBS update service.  If you are an existing driver, you will need to do this when you renew your PHV drivers’ licence. The requirement starts from 26...

Driver and Vehicle Rules 2024

Driver and Vehicle Rules 2024

With the start of another year comes the usual roll out of new rules for drivers in the UK.  Here is a list of new driver rules that DVLA is to implement from 2024. More Electric Cars As PHV driver’s we are already aware that TfL implemented their ZEC vehicle...

Private Hire Vehicle Signage

Private Hire Vehicle Signage

From 1 July 2024 all Private Hire vehicles will need to display new signage on and inside their vehicles.Where do I get the new Private Hire Vehicle Signage?Don’t worry, you do not have to buy any new signs yourself.  TfL will fix the signage on to your vehicle on the...

New TfL Statutory Standards 2023

New TfL Statutory Standards 2023

After the recent consultation by TfL on changes to taxi and private hire licensing requirements focussed on passenger safety. TfL have decided to make the following changes that will affect taxi and private hire drivers. 1.Licensee self-reporting From 1 July 2024, if...

New TfL DBS CRB Organisation ID

New TfL DBS CRB Organisation ID

If you are about to apply for your TfL Private Hire driver’s licence or you are already a driver and you need to renew your PHV driver’s licence, then you will need to complete your DBS.  Which is a background check that all private hire drivers must complete before...

TA on Private Hire Driver’s Licence

TA on Private Hire Driver’s Licence

If you’ve received an accompanying letter with your TfL Private Hire Drivers Licence and it mentioned the following conditions TA1, TA2, TA3 or TA4, you may be wondering what they mean.  Well, the TA stands for Transitional Arrangements and you may have more than one...

PHV and proposed MOT Changes

PHV and proposed MOT Changes

In January this year, the Department for Transport launched a consultation on “proposed changes to make MOTs fit for the future”. This was to take into consideration the safety advances in motor vehicles and the requirement for first MOTs and the annual MOT of...

All TfL Driver Tests on the Same Day!

All TfL Driver Tests on the Same Day!

If you’re applying for your Private Hire Driver’s licence for the first time and you’re wondering, when do you need to complete the assessments required by TfL?  Previously, new applicants would need to wait for TfL to send a letter and email inviting you to the...

Never miss TfL Private Hire updates

Never miss TfL Private Hire updates

As a private hire driver, we often get too busy to stay up to date with changes, announcements and new by TfL or due to the big gaps in changes (although the last few years have seen a lot of changes) we become complacent on not checking for updates. Did you know, as...

10 Electric Cars for Private Hire

10 Electric Cars for Private Hire

It’s started, the push for all private hire vehicles to become fully electric. From the beginning of 2023, TfL has started to only license new private hire vehicles that are zero emission capable (ZEC). Uber is working on making all their vehicles electric by 2025 and...

Passenger Safety Consultation – Must Read!

Passenger Safety Consultation – Must Read!

On the latest news update by TfL released on 3rd March 2023 for Private Hire Drivers (which also includes PHV Operators and Black Taxi’s). They share information on a Consultation on improving safety for taxi and private hire passengers. We’ve had a read through the...

Stay safe while working as a driver

Stay safe while working as a driver

Transport for London along with the Metropolitan Police Service have worked in partnership to produce a leaflet for Private Hire & Taxi drivers in London, which contains practical information on how to stay safe while working as a driver. Download the leaflet here...

TfL Vehicle Inspection Centre Locations

TfL Vehicle Inspection Centre Locations

The number of TfL Private Hire Vehicle Licensing Inspection centres in London is reducing from 6 to 5. The NSL vehicle inspection centre in Canning Town is closing down at the end of February 2023. Private hire drivers in East London will have to go to one of the...

TfL ULEZ Scrappage Scheme 2023

TfL ULEZ Scrappage Scheme 2023

Update 01/06/2023: Sadiq Khan has announced an expansion to the current scrappage scheme.  It will soon include the option for people who receive Child Benefits and Small Businesses in London.  Anyone who falls in to the new categories will be able to apply for the...

London Private Hire Statistics 2023

London Private Hire Statistics 2023

As a private hire driver in London, you are self-employed and driving as a career is like running your own business. When you run your own business, it is often good to check statistics of the industry you are operating in. We’ve found some interesting statistics for...

ULEZ Expansion Blocked by Boroughs

ULEZ Expansion Blocked by Boroughs

As a professional driver working the streets of London, you by now must know about the ULEZ expansion due to take place on 29 August 2023. But recently TfL has started facing an issue with the ULEZ expansion plans.  Currently, TfL owns around 5% of the roads in London...

5 Changes for PHV Drivers in 2023

5 Changes for PHV Drivers in 2023

5 Changes for PHV Drivers in 2023 We’ve put together a list of 5 changes coming in 2023 that Private Hire Drivers in London should be aware of.  These are a mix of changes by Transport for London, the DVLA and the government.   1. Zero Emission Capable (ZEC)...

Christmas Congestion Charge 2022

Christmas Congestion Charge 2022

Christmas to New Year’s Day Congestion Charge information: Around this time of year, we often ask ourselves the same question “is there Congestion Charge over Christmas and New Year?”.  This year as with most years previous the London Congestion Charge will NOT be in...

Renew Private Hire Vehicle Licence

Renew Private Hire Vehicle Licence

As many PHV drivers may be aware the rules for private hire vehicle licensing are changing, from the 1st of January 2023, TfL will no longer issue private hire vehicle licensing to new vehicles unless they are Zero Emission Capable (ZEC).  So, from this date onwards...

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