How to Join

A CAREER WITH ROUTE66

The criteria for joining Route66 as a Private Hire driver is that you will need to have excellent driving skills, a clean criminal records clearance and good customer care traits. There are no formal qualifications to start a career as with us.

This is about working with people and caring for the needs. If you believe you are such a person then please do not hesitate to apply.

Another criteria is that you must have good geographical knowledge as you will be required to take customer from A to B in the shortest possible route.

Skills, interests and qualities

To be a taxi or private hire driver you should have:

  • good driving skills and an awareness of road safety
  • a detailed knowledge of your area, including street names, landmarks and one-way systems
  • the ability to manage and plan your own time
  • good customer care skills
  • an awareness of disabled access issues
  • the ability to deal politely but firmly with angry or drunken passengers
  • good maths skills for cash handling and accounts (if self-employed)
  • an understanding of laws and regulations covering licensing, insurance and road use.

Your job

Taxis and minicabs are an important part of any town or city’s transport system. Taxis can be either a ‘black cab’ or a licensed saloon car for Private Hire. Both types have a licence plate and roof sign that states they are a taxi. Both may also be known as hackney carriages.

The other type of passenger transport around town is a private hire vehicle that runs through an operator.

At Route66 you will be a PHV driver and will be linked to a Licensed Operator – Carlton Cars Ltd.

The job requirements

When working in a taxi or private hire vehicle, you would:

  • take job details online through a mobile APP
  • help to load and unload passengers’ luggage
  • help passengers to get in and out of the vehicle if required
  • take payments for fares in cash or credit card.
  • keep the vehicle clean and in a roadworthy condition
  • keep accounts and records up to date if self-employed.

As a PHV driver you must be booked in advance. You are not permitted to pick up passengers on the road side. ALL PASSENGER TRIPS MUST BE PRE-BOOKED THROUGH THE MOBILE APP.

You cannot be flagged down in the street.

You would be required to do normal ‘pick-up’ jobs with contract work such as school runs. You might also make longer-distance trips such as taking people to airports, or to and from concerts in other towns.


Hours

This job is completely flexible. You can choose your working hours.


Income

An average Driver’s working hours about 40 hours per week. You can earn in a major city between £12,000 and £20,000 per year. Some drivers may be able to earn up to £30,000 per year. This depends entirely on the number of hours you are allowed to commit.

Earnings would depend on the level of fares, the number of journeys made and the hours worked.

Figures are intended as a guideline only.


Entry requirements

No qualifications are need to become a private hire driver, but you will need an operator’s license.

You can get this from the licensing unit of your local council or from Transport for London (TfL) if working in the capital.

Each unit has its own conditions of licence, but you will normally need to:

  • have held a full UK or EEA driving licence for at least 12 months (3 years in London)
  • pass a criminal records check
  • pass a medical
  • be over 18 (21 in many areas incl London)
  • pass a geographical test
  • complete a driving skills assessment
  • be a UK or EU citizen or have the right to stay and work in the UK.

Transport for London

Licensing authorities will carry out the driving skills assessment using their own test or one developed by the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA): the Hackney Carriage Private Hire Test Assessment. See the DVSA website for more details.

GOV.UK – DVSA taxi driving test

The authority may also insist that you complete a short driver training programme before the skills assessment, as part of their application process. On completion, you could gain a recognised qualification (see Training and development for details).

Contact your local council taxi driver licensing unit for more information about becoming a driver or, if you want to work in London, get in touch with TfL through their website.

GOV.UK – local council directory

The National Private Hire Association also has useful information about working as a private hire driver in the Start Up Notes section of its website.

People 1st is the Sector Skills Council for hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism and their website, Careers That Move, gives more information and advice about jobs in the passenger transport and travel industries.


Training and development

At Route66 we provide training to help you meet their licence conditions. The training is typically cover license applications, radio procedures, customer care, disability awareness, basic mechanics, law and local geography.

As part of the training, you may be able to work towards recognised industry qualifications, for example:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to the Role of Professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver
  • Level 2 (NVQ) Certificate in Road Passenger Vehicle Driving (Taxi and Private Hire).