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Abba Dart is a 24 hour Licensed Private Hire Operator (minicab office) based in Sidcup, serving Bexley and Bromley Boroughs. We require PCO licensed drivers to work on a self employed basis. The great thing about being a driver is that you can work flexible hours to suit you.

A licensed driver works with a licensed vehicle and registers with a licensed operator in return for an agency fee. The Operator advertises for work and supplies the drivers with jobs at pre arranged prices; the driver does the job and keeps the fee paid for the journey.

Abba Dart is happy to guide anyone interested in becoming a driver through the licensing process.

Please see licensing process below;

How The Process Works

If you want to work as a private hire driver in London, you will need to hold a driver licence issued by Transport for London. All licensed private hire drivers must work for a licensed private hire operator.

To apply for a licence you will need to:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Held a full Great Britain (GB), Northern Ireland (NI)or European Economic Area (EEA) driving licence for at least 3 years
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK

To apply for a licence you will need to:

  • Have an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check
  • Have a medical examination with your GP
  • Sit a topographical (route finding) skills test (You can do with Abba Dart)

If you meet these criteria, then you can apply for an application pack either by the TFL service number on 0845 6027000 or you can apply online via the website at:

If you have any queries regarding licensing you can call Abba Dart on 020 8309 1062, a licensed private hire operator in Sidcup and a licensed topographical skills assessment centre.


Application fee - £262

Post office check and send - £7.15

Topographical test - Price available on request

Medical - This is payable to your GP who can advise you of the cost

Apply for your vehicle licence:

In addition to this, you will need a licensed private hire vehicle to work with.

In order to apply for a licence the vehicle must meet the following criteria:

  • All new vehicles or vehicles new to licensing must be no older than 5 years and meet the Euro 4 standards for emissions at time of licensing.
  • Vehicles already licensed must be no older than 10 years at time of licensing

You must make a booking to have your vehicle inspected; you will need the following original documents as they need to be presented when you take your vehicle in for inspection.

  • Existing PHV vehicle licence (if applicable)
  • V5C DVLA Vehicle Registration Certificate
  • Insurance documents
  • MOT certificate issued within the last 14 days
  • Current tax disk
  • Vehicle modification documents
  • Any other relevant information relating to the vehicle, where appropriate.


Application fee - £87

Grant of licence fee - £27

Vehicle licences are issued for a period of 12 months from date of inspection.

Once you receive your driver’s license and vehicle license you will need to obtain hire and reward insurance. If you do not have a car there are lots of companies from whom you can hire a vehicle

A member of the ABBA DART team will be happy to help you throughout the process and provide details of insurance companies and car hire companies please call 020 8309 1062 Mon to Fri or email

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