If you want to become an Uber driver or drive for other rideshare platforms in London, the first thing to do is make sure you have the necessary licenses for both yourself and your car. Apart from the PCO licence application, you also need a valid PHV licence from TfL, that ensures your car is fit and safe to drive passengers around the city.
Here’s what you need to know about getting your PHV licence in London.
The PHV licence is the same as the PCO licence, except it’s a licence for your car and it’s required for proving ridesharing services. It proves that your car meets ridesharing service standards and that it’s been approved by TfL.
If you’re using your car for ridesharing, it first needs to meet the Uber car requirements and you also need to licence it. According to TfL’s PHV licence requirements, the car should:
IMPORTANT: From 1 January 2023, all PHVs licensed for the first time must be zero-emission capable (ZEC) and meet the Euro 6 emissions standard when licensed for the first time
PHVs which are fully electric or have a hydrogen fuel cell will meet the new licensing requirements.
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Here are all the steps required to obtain a PHV licence for your car.
Depending on the situation, you may need additional documents:
The next step is to submit your application online with TfL. You can create a new customer account if you don’t have one already.
The easiest and quickest way is to book an inspection with one of TfL’s licenced inspection centres. You can also do this by calling the vehicle contact centre on 0343 222 5555.
Inspection sites in London:
If you’re booking outside London, your car needs to be inspected and licenced by the local council. Find and contact your local council
You can also cancel or reschedule your appointment online.
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 vehicle for inspection.
If you need more details on how to obtain the PHV licence, check TfL’s PHV Licence guide.
If you have all the documents ready, except for the MOT, the PHV licence cost is around £200 in total. To this, you should add the annual cost of your car insurance. It will cost you more if you need to fix your car in order to pass the MOT inspection or renew documents that are missing or expired.
|Up to £55|
|£2,000 avg. (ranging from £1,000 – £6,000)|
Car licenses are issued for a period of 12 months, from the date of inspection.
You can renew your PHV licence online. To do this, you have to submit your application again, with the same documents and following the same steps.
TfL will send you a reminder around 6 weeks before your PHV licence expires.
Of course. When in doubt, your passengers can always perform a PHV licence check and confirm that your car has a valid PHV licence. However, they will need to provide some basic information, like Vehicle Registration Mark (VRM), licence plate, vehicle make, and model. – TfL PHV licence checker
Unfortunately, no. Because of safety reasons, you cannot get a PHV licence for a left-hand drive car.
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