Presentation on theme: "Transport Skills On Merseyside- The Taxi Trade"— Presentation transcript:
1 Transport Skills On Merseyside- The Taxi Trade Tony NorburySteve Woods
2 What's your knowledge of the taxi job? How many licensing areas are there on Merseyside?Do you need any formal qualifications to be a taxi driver on Merseyside?What makes up your weekly costs?What is the main employment status of taxi and private hire drivers?
3 Merseytravel and Merseylearn Merseylearn are part of Merseytravel, supporting people across Merseyside to gain qualifications and employment in the transport sectorWe work with Job Centre Plus and Licensing Authorities to support people to get the qualifications they need to work in the taxi sectorWe also work with learning providers and the Sector Skills Council, People 1st, to make sure the qualifications are available and to get the best from government funding
5 You and Your Skills Why do you want to be a taxi driver? What skills or experience do you have that would relate the job?What’s actually involved and why?
6 Requirements What do I need? Have a UK driving license Pass an enhanced CRB checkPass a class 2 medicalPass the local authority knowledge testHold a VRQ or NVQ qualification in taxiApply for your license
7 Learning Knowledge Test VRQ/NVQ Basic memory test Roads, places of interest, routesVRQ/NVQUnderstanding of equality and diversityCustomer Service skillsHealth & SafetyLicensing laws
8 The Criminal Records Check (DBS) Licensing Authorities have a duty to protect the public by making sure that taxi and private hire drivers meet a “fit and proper” criteria, so you will need to tell the licensing authority about any criminal convictions you have.You’ll need to apply for a form from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and you then need to share the results with the Licensing Authority – this can take up to 6 weeks to come back, but is normally sooner.All convictions, however minor or long ago, need to be disclosedThe Authority have guidelines from the government regarding the convictions that will prevent people being a taxi driver. In some cases applicants may need to attend a licensing panel to discuss your convictions.If you are not happy with the advice you have been given or any decisions taken regarding the panel you can appeal to magistrates
9 Taxi and Private Hire Drivers are mostly Self Employed Advantages of self employmentFlexible hours that suit youYour own bossFreedom to work at other tradesYour own businessEarn as much as you canDisadvantages of self employmentHave to sort out your own tax, national insurance etc.IsolationNo paid holidaysLimited employment support
10 Basic Costs Fixed Costs Money out Settle radio rent Insurance Petrol HMRC Tax + National InsuranceCar rental or financeEmergency fund for repairs etcTraining/ licensing feesAccountants feeAdvertising/ own airport work specialised transportIncome ConsiderationsThe money you take on the road is your ownHours you need to work to get that moneyEffect of hours on your personal circumstancesWhich radio firm are you going to work off to get the best value for your time
11 Health & WellbeingImportant to be aware of health and wellbeing issuesHow the taxi and private hire job and lifestyle can lead to health and well being issuesTrade representation, Unions, and Professional membership schemesCreating a work-life balance
12 What's your knowledge of the taxi job? How many licensing areas are there on Merseyside?Do you need any formal qualifications to be a taxi driver on Merseyside?What makes up your weekly costs?What is the main employment status of taxi and private hire drivers?
13 Next Steps Research the area you want to work Talk to the licensing officers in your chosen areaResearch the operators that work out of that area, speak to drivers if possibleGet some quotes for insurance and a settle car if neededCreate a budget/business planApply for your CRBEnrol on the trainingApply to licensing
14 More information is available on www.merseylearn.net Thank youAny Questions?More information is available on