Licensing requirements for driver-guides

Legal Requirements for a Driver-Guide

Private Hire Vehicle Licensing
All driver-guides operating in England and Wales require three special Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) licences: operator, vehicle and driver, issued by their local authority. The licensing authority in London is called Transport for London or TfL for short.

Operator Licence
I operate from a centre within the Driver-Guides Association’s operator licence, numbered 2114. It expires on 6 March 2028.
My operating centre address is
56 Sternhold Avenue
London SW2 4PW
Telephone number for bookings: 020 8671 6750

Driving Licence
Obtaining a PHV driving licence requires a medical examination and an enhanced DBS (police record) check. My driver’s licence number is 153990701. Expires 24 November 2025.

Vehicle Licence
Vehicles are inspected and re-licensed annually, with an MOT test every 6 months (this is a thorough inspection which includes the mechanical condition, bodywork and emissions).
My vehicle licence number is 0085760201. Expires 19 December 2024.

Copies of my PHV licences are available on request.

Licences can be checked on the Transport for London website

Vehicle Insurance
Driver-guides must carry special insurance, which provides cover for Private Hire use (sometimes called Hire and Reward). My motor policy is with NIG. A copy of the certificate is available on request.

Public Liability Insurance
I am covered by a Public Liability Insurance scheme operated by the British Guild of Tourist Guides. This cover is included automatically as a benefit of membership.