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“Earn as you learn” scheme to encourage new drivers into taxi profession

7th March 2023
Posted by Aston Avery

Basildon Council will launch a pilot scheme for new licensed drivers called “Earn as you learn,” following agreement by councillors at a meeting of the council’s Licensing Committee.  

The scheme allows applicants an extended period in which to pass the topographical section of the Knowledge Test (local routes) while also being able to work as a Basildon-licensed “Earn as you learn” (private hire) driver for a private hire operator. 

The scheme was suggested in response to concerns highlighted by the Basildon Taxi and Private Hire Forum that the local trade is experiencing a reduction in the number of licensed drivers, including new applicants, following the COVID-19 pandemic.   

In order to become an “Earn as you learn” licensed driver the applicant will still need to meet existing pre-licensing criteria to ensure appropriate passenger safety, including passing a criminal record check, a driving assessment, medical and passenger assistance training, as well as other checks. 

“Earn as you learn” is a nine-month pilot scheme. The application window opens Monday 13 March 2023 and will close Friday 31 March 2023. For further information please contact [email protected] – application forms are available now.

The council’s licensing team will continue to engage with the Basildon Taxi Forum and representatives of the taxi trade as the pilot scheme progresses. Regular updates and a final report will be presented to the Licensing Committee to monitor progress and consider future options.