Before signing up to become an Uber driver or drive on any other rideshare platform, you need to have the proper licensing documentation. This means meeting the PCO licence requirements for you, as a driver, as well as the PHV licence requirements for your car.
Part of licensing your car is making sure it complies with TfL standards. Since TfL is the authority granting the PHV licence you need to drive your car with Uber, it’s important to make sure you comply with both TfL requirements, as well as Uber car requirements.
Even so, not all cars are approved by Uber. Depending on your location and Uber services available, Uber has a comprehensive list of Uber approved cars that you can check.
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The PCO vehicle inspection is a mandatory requirement for getting your PCO vehicle licence. Your car needs to pass a Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) to ensure it checks all the safety boxes for on-demand driving.
Whatsmore, as long as you’re using the car for transporting passengers, you need to renew your licence each year. The TfL Private Hire car inspection costs around £140.
From 1 January 2023, all PHVs licensed for the first time must meet new emission requirements:
PHVs which are fully electric or have a hydrogen fuel cell will meet the new licensing requirements.
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The easiest and quickest way is to book an inspection online, on the TfL website. You can choose a date, time and location that suits you and you can even cancel or reschedule your appointment if needed. You can also book an inspection by calling 0343 222 5555.
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Inspection sites in London:
If you’re booking outside London, your car needs to be inspected and licenced by the local council.
IMPORTANT: Unless the car is registered to your name, you’ll need to be nominated by the registered keeper to act on their behalf when making an application and presenting the car for inspection.
When attending your inspection appointment, make sure you have the following documents ready and valid:
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You need to renew your PHV licence, therefore you need to get your car inspected each time. If you’re outside London, it’s up to the local council to decide how often you need to inspect your car. However, they can’t test any more than three times a year.
Ideally, you should pass it the first time, so you don’t have to pay for a second inspection. It’s up to you to prepare for inspection day. Make sure your car meets all the TfL requirements, that you have the necessary paperwork, and that your car is properly maintained and serviced (no dents, scratches, paint damage).
However, if you don’t pass the inspection, you can schedule a re-test as early as 21 days from the initial inspection or even longer, if you need to make repairs.
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