Transport for London (TfL) will remove the ‘relevant vocational qualification’ concession for topographical skills. 

At the moment, there is a statutory requirement for private hire vehicle (PHV) drivers to satisfy TfL that they have an appropriate level of knowledge of London and general topographical skills. 

PHV drivers are required to undertake a topographical skills assessment unless they can prove to TfL that they should be exempt from this requirement (a concession). 

One such concession is for individuals who can provide TfL with evidence of a relevant vocational qualification in road passenger transport. 

However, from the 1st of February 2020, the ‘relevant vocational qualification’ concession will cease to apply.  This means that PHV drivers applying to TfL for a licence will no longer be able to rely in this concession to obtain a TfL licence. 

Transitional arrangements

  • Applications received prior to 1 February 2020 – All applications for a PHV driver’s licence received before 1 February 2020 and accompanied by evidence of a relevant vocational qualification will be considered for the concession. However, if we have any concerns regarding the validity of a vocational qualification certificate, we reserve the right to refuse the application or require the applicant to take a TfL topographical skills assessment.
  • Applications received from 1 February 2020 – For all applications received on or after 1 February 2020, applicants   will be required to demonstrate topographical skills competence by taking a TfL topographical skills assessment or by qualifying for one of the approved concessions.

Stephen McCaffrey

Regulatory defence barrister specialising in taxi and private hire licensing law, appeals and defence.

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