Looking for a Taxi Medical in The West Midlands? Contact Ready2drive Medical
The Law regarding Taxi Drivers Licences
Under UK Law all Taxi Drivers (also known as Hackney Cab Drivers) and Private Hire Drivers are required to be licensed by their Local Authority. Councils responsible for licensing all Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles and Drivers in the West Midlands are Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton City Councils and Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall Metropolitan Borough Councils.
Part of the licensing process for Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Drivers includes a Driver Medical Examination and the DVLA recommends that Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Drivers should meet the same medical standards as bus (PCV) and lorry (HGV/LGV) drivers.
As at October 2017. Coventry City Council, Wolverhampton City Council allow Taxi and Private Hire Driver Medicals to be carried out by any GP. Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council required Taxi and Private Hire Driver Medicals to be carried out by the Driver’s own GP. Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council require Taxi and Private Hire Driver Medicals to be carried out either by the Driver’s own GP or a Council appointed GP. Birmingham City Council and Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council require drivers to be examined by the Council’s appointed medical examiner. Please contact your Council for their up to date policy in this regard.
Taxi Driver Medical
Getting a Taxi Driver Medical done can be a difficult, time consuming and expensive task. Taxi Drivers may experience delays of several weeks or months in obtaining an appointment with their own GP and many GPs charge a fee of £130-£150 to carry out a Taxi Driver Medical. Further feedback is often not provided to the driver.
Ready2Drive Medical is a firm of Medical Experts which started business in 2017 with the aim of providing quality yet low-cost Driver Medicals for Taxi, HGV, LGV, PCV, Motorsport, Crane and Forklift Drivers.
To meet the needs for Taxi Medicals, HGV/LGV Medicals, PCV Medicals, Motorsport Medicals, Crane Medicals and Forklift Medicals in the Liverpool area Ready2Drive Medical’s consulting venues are conveniently located in Liverpool and St Helens where we hold weekly clinics including weekend and evenings.
How to book a Taxi Driver Medical appointment?
A Taxi Driver Medical or Private Hire Driver Medical may be booked in the following ways: –
To find clinics close to you and to check available slots, please check our clinic locations.
To book an appoint either call us on 0161-975-4947 and our dedicated staff will be only pleased to help you or to book on-line click on Book an appointment.
Before you book your Taxi Driver Medical please read following information carefully,
- Each Local Authority (Council) determines what the medical should consist of and who can carry it out. Most Councils allow any General Practitioner (GP) to perform Taxi Medicals. However, some state that only the Driver’s own GP may do so. Therefore, before booking a Taxi Medical appointment please check with your Council to clarify this and to obtain their Medical Assessment Form which you must bring with you otherwise the medical cannot be completed.
- Some Councils also require medical experts carrying out examinations to have seen your medical record summary. You are entitled to a free copy and there should be no charge.
To acquire these records:
- Contact your GP surgery and request asummary printout of Medical records (click to download request form)
- Collect the summary once your GP Surgery have printed a copy
- Bring the records to your Taxi Medical Appointment
- When booking your Taxi Medical please allow for the time it may take your GP surgery to produce a summary printout of your medical records.
What documents must you bring with you to your Taxi Driver Medical Appointment?
Please note that for a Taxi Medical you need to bring following documents with you. Without them the Medical Expert will not be able to complete your Medical Assessment Form and you may need another appointment
- Photographic identification
- Relevant Council Form for Taxi Medical (please contact your Council for this)
- Your glasses (if worn)
- Your most recent glasses prescription (if worn)
- Your list of medications
- Your medical records summary (see above)
What to expect at your Taxi Driver Medical Appointment?
A routine Taxi Driver Medical examination takes roughly about 15 minutes; however, it may take longer depending on your medical history. We advise that you allow at least 1 hour for the appointment. On the day of the appointment you will be greeted at the clinic by a Ready2Drive Medical Expert who will
- Check your identification
- Review the summary of your Medical records
- Take a Blood pressure measurement
- Perform an eye test with and without glasses
- List on the form any medication you’re currently taking
- List on the form any hospital consultant you see regularly
- Document your height, weight, smoking and alcohol history (To assist Expert it will be helpful if you can bring a note of your most recent weight and height with you)
- Ask questions about your Medical history and document it on the form
What happens after your Taxi Driver Medical Appointment?
The completed Taxi Driver Medical Form must be posted/delivered to the Council by yourself. The interval between having your medical examination and applying for your Licence (or Licence renewal) must not exceed 3 months.
Please visit DVLA website www.dvla.co.uk if you need any more information.