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New hackney carriage and private hire driver licences

Medical certificate assessment

A medical examination form is needed when first applying and on each renewal until the age of 65 and every year thereafter. The medical assessment will only be considered valid for 4 months from the date of examination.

Licensed drivers need to be in good health so we use the DVLA's Group 2 Standards of Medical Fitness (like many other councils and TfL guidance) as you are expected to:

  • carry passenger luggage
  • drive on the road for longer periods than most car drivers
  • assist disabled hirers

so we must be satisfied that you are fit enough to undertake these tasks. Pre-existing medical conditions must be disclosed and confirmed to be under control to our satisfaction and of a GP.

Book an appointment with your GP as soon as possible as you will be required to submit a completed and signed medical examination report as part of your driver application. Your GP will charge a fee for this. Your GP must use this form:

A medical report may also be required if we have reason to doubt that a licensed driver would meet the current Group 2 Driver’s Medical Standards.

Last updated 29 November 2023