To get started with Uber and similar platforms such as Bolt, Ola, or FREE NOW, you need to get a PCO licence from TfL. Part of getting that licence is proving that your English is good enough to be an on-demand driver and passing the TfL English test.
To do this, you can either send TfL information about your qualification or take the TfL English language test.
Either way, here’s what you need to know about it.
The TfL English test is a language test for drivers coming from non-English speaking countries, who want to apply for a PCO licence or renew it. It’s been a mandatory step required by Transport for London (TfL), and it proves that you have a working understanding of the English language.
If you’ve had your PCO licence since before 14 October 2016, you must prove your English language skills when you renew your licence.
If you’ve received a new licence or renewed it on or after 14 October 2016, you should have proof of your English language skills by 30 September 2021.
You don’t need to take the test if you come from one the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, and the USA.
As an on-demand driver, safety is critical, for both you and your passengers. Good communication will make interactions much easier, but it is also important that you can read and understand information, and communicate in all situations that can occur in your job as an on-demand driver, including an accident.
Here’s a list of accepted certificates:
If you were educated and examined in English outside the UK to the equivalent of GCSE level or above, you can provide TfL with the original certificate and proof that the qualification was taught in English. Make sure to translate any documents into English, if necessary.
If you have an English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) certificate or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) qualification, here are some examples of certificates that TfL will accept:
The test costs between £180 – £200.
You can book the test with one of the two approved English language providers:
Yes. If you don’t pass the first time, you can take it again.
The test consists of two parts:
For more details, check out the TfL Private Hire Vehicle Drivers English language requirements guide.
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