About Becoming a Driver, Questions & Answers
Provided you understand what is involved then it is an easy decision to make, does it fit with what you want to do or not as the case may be.
Does gaining a Private hire license require much work ?
It requires basic study which we provide full support for our driver applicants at each stage. Providing study aids and support as needed.
How Long will it take me to gain my license ?
Our best estimate is that it would require between 15-21 hours study, which needs to be separated into 3 hour sessions separated by at least 2-3 days apart.
We do require a minimum of 30 hours up to a maximum of 50 hours including overtime per week.
Work is on a 5 days over 7 days to be arranged to best suit the company requirements combined with the needs of the driver.
If i need to change my shift patterns can that be arranged ?
Yes this can easily be arranged. We always work with the driver’s personal situation as being paramount to working well together.
Are the shifts changeable ?
First we work out what suits you and us best, then we set a Rota, which whilst being subject to change mainly stays the same.
No ! you would be fully employed. Unlike any Company in the South East, we are the only company that provides proper employment as a private hire or cab driver. Therefore, this position attracts 28 Holiday pay in addition to a company pension scheme and SSP. We do not run bogus self employment schemes like the majority of local companies for example giving you a percentage of income but then not paying you holiday pay or pension or ssp.
I am definitely interested in applying and want to know what to do next ?
The application process can be divided into 3 different areas for clear distinction:
Once applied we will be in contact to make sure you have everything you need to pass your test.
2 Commit to memory the main geographical structure of the Licensing area, E.G. arterial routes with points of interest.
We will help you set out a structured path so when you pass your license you will be fully confident on what you are doing.
3 Understand in practice what is required to meet the basic standard of a professional driver position as a private hire.
Once an initial application has been made, Canterbury Taxis have pre prepared pdf guides to help get to license level. The whole process can be completed within 4 Weeks easily pending any Disclosure and Barring check that may be needed.