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Simple Steps To Becoming A Professional Chauffeur

A career as a chauffeur is exciting, fulfilling, and financially-rewarding. The average chauffeur salary in the UK is £26,086, data from PayScale reveals. To make it as a chauffeur, you don’t just need to love driving clients to and from locations (and be good at it). You’ll also potentially need your own car, a license, and further training.

Own a suitable car 

Some companies may require you to use your own vehicle on the job, so you’ll need to make sure your car meets your employer’s standards. Typically, you’ll be expected to have a newer car under five years old. It should also seat at least between four and eight people. Your employer will inform you of their approved models. Whether you drive your own car or your employer’s, you’ll also need to ensure it undergoes regular routine maintenance. You’ll need to be alert for any engine-related problems, and address them as soon as they arise.

Getting your license

To become a chauffeur, you’ll need to get your private hire driver licence (also known as a PCO license). It’s issued by the Public Carriage Office (part of Transport for London) and valid for three years. With the license, you’ll be able to work as a driver for private operators. Check the guidelines and requirements beforehand (they can differ depending on location). You’ll definitely need to undergo a criminal record check — you need to be trustworthy and responsible to be a chauffeur. You’ll also have a medical test which ensures you’re fit to drive. You need to be deemed both physically and mentally healthy, with eyesight that meets the legal requirements for safe driving.

Further training

You can continue to train and take courses which allow you to progress in your career as a chauffeur. For example, both the Institute of Advanced Motorists and the British Chauffeurs Guild run numerous courses that can help you stand out to employers. Additionally, you may also have the opportunity to train with private chauffeur companies who hire employees directly. However, make sure you consider the value of these qualifications beforehand, as although they’re useful, they may not be valid across the industry.

Becoming a professional chauffeur is a great career option. You’ll get to indulge your love of driving and meet interesting people from all walks of life. It’s also a way to make a decent salary which increases with training and experience.


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