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Are you looking to start your professional career as a PCO driver with Uber? If yes, you’ve come to the right place. In the beginning, the process can seem a little complicated. But we’ve made a list of things you need to know to begin your journey. Before you become an Uber driver, you’ll need to gather some documents for your Private Hire Licence applications.

 Once you do that, you’ll be eligible to become an Uber driver.

Here’s what you need to know:

 a person wearing a blue shirt while driving a car

Applying For A Private Hire Licence With The TFL

Before you begin your service with the Uber application, you need to hold a Private Hire Licence. This licence is applied to the Public Carriage Office under Transport For London. They grant this licence for a period of three years from the data it’s issued. This ensures that you’re a citizen of the UK, have the proper knowledge of topography and roads, hold three years of driving experience, and have good communication skills.

There’s an eligibility criterion before you apply for the licence. You need be:

  1. At least 21 years of age
  2. Lived in the UK for the past three years
  3. A citizen of the UK
  4. A driver’s licence holder with three years of driving experience

Once you clear the eligibility criteria, you need to gather the supporting document for the application. You’ll need:

  1. A medical certificate: You’ll need to get a medical check-up from a general physician and an optician to analyze your physical health. The doctor will certify that you’re in the top physical condition and are fit to drive without any disabilities.
  2. A DBS Check: This is a criminal record check. It certifies your past criminal activities, convictions, and arrests. If you have a record, it’s best to contact the PCO department and discuss with them the particular of your record to see whether you’re eligible to apply for the licence. It’ll save your application expenses, time, and effort in the long run.
  3. National Insurance Number:You’ll also need to provide your national insurance number to verify that you fulfil your tax obligations.
  4. Account Details:You’ll need to provide your account details through which you’ll be paying the application fees.
  5. The English Test:The second part of your application includes an English test based on the SERU (Safety, Equality, and Regulatory Understanding) Assessment. So, you’ll be tested here on your communication skills and knowledge of how you perceive safety in society.
  6. Topographical Test: Once you clear the English test and preliminary documentation, the committee will review your application. Once you pass the inspection, you’ll be invited for a topographical test. You’ll be asked about the timing and schedule. Once it’s decided, you must show up for the test.

a woman wearing driving a car on the road

Once you clear the test, you’ll be granted a licence within two weeks and join the Uber driver group.

If you’re also signing up with your vehicle, you’ll also need to get insurance for the car. Here are some of the documents you’ll need to keep in the car at all times:

  1. Private Hire Insurance Certificate
  2. MOT (Issued within the last 6 months)
  3. Logbook (Keeper’s Slip)
  4. Private Hire Vehicle Licence

Once you have all these documents, you’re ready to sign up with Uber and get your first customer. If you wish to skip the licence and maintenance formalities with a PCO car, you can always rent one instead of using your own. You’ll skip getting mileage on your vehicle and won’t have to schedule regular maintenance.

the interior of an MG5 PCO car for hire in London

Find Your PCO Car For Rent At G&M Direct Hire In London

When you’re picking out your vehicle at the car rental you can choose from many electric vehicles and traditional fuel cars like Toyota Prius Plus, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Prius Plus, Kia E-Niro, Nissan Leaf, MG 5, etc. G&M Direct Hire can help you find the right car for you.

We offer PCO-licenced cars for rent in Woolwich, Edmonton, Ilford, Norwood, and many more areas. As one of London's leading PCO car rental companies, you can rest assured about getting the best customer service and a smooth PCO car rental experience with us. You can call us or get in touch through email for more information on our services to get your hands on the latest PCO electric vehicles in the market and start your journey as a PCO driver.



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