GLH’s Guide to Becoming a PCO Driver

You have decided that you want to join one of the most exciting, growing companies in private hire. However, you are unsure what you need to be part of the quality team at GLH as a PCO driver in London. Look no further, as we have outlined a guide on how to earn your PCO licence!


What age do you have to be to qualify?

To further your PCO application, you must be at least 21 years of age.

What other licences do you need to qualify for a PCO?

You must own a UK or European Driving Licence for at least 3 years from the beginning of the application.

What checks do you need to go through?

There are two checks that you will need to undergo; a medical examination, and a DBS check.

A medical examination is needed to prove that you are in a fit state to drive your vehicle when working with the public. A TPH/204 Medical Form will be completed (And signed off by your GP), and the medical examination is completed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

A DBS check will need to be done to check your criminal record beforehand. These checks last 3 months and are completed through the government website.

How well does your English need to be to become a PCO driver?

You will need to be proficient in the English language to become a PCO driver. This can be done in a number of ways:

  • You will not need to take a test if you are from a country where English is the primary language
  • Taking the Tfl test for English will allow you to qualify to become a PCO driver
  • You will also not need to take a test if you have a qualification from an institution that teaches in the English language

Once you have completed these steps, you may now apply for a PCO licence! This now comes with one additional step.

What test do you have to take once you have applied for a PCO licence?

You will need to take the Tfl map-reading test to prove that you can successfully map-read and route plan. This topography test will ensure that you are well-versed in maps and can successfully travel in and around London.

Once you have undertaken these steps, you can now apply for GLH! With a PCO licence, you can receive great rates, great work, and very competitive deals on company cars. Contact us today!