Uber loses court battle over TfL’s PCO English Test March 3, 2017 – Posted in: Private Hire News

The popular Uber minicab app has lost it’s case against Transport for London to block the English Language Requirement rules brought in by TfL for London private hire minicab drivers.

Transport for London have stressed that all private hire licensed minicab driver should have the ability to communicate in English and must prove this by taking the PCO English Test which involces Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

One of the key reasons TfL introduced the new PCO English test is for passenger safety, although Uber argued that the standard of English testing was too high and this would lead to many drivers not being able to work as a private hire driver in London.

Uber also claimed that the TfL English test was also discriminating and indirectly racist.

What does it mean for Private Hire Drivers?

All existing and new applicants will now have to take the PCO English Test either by 30th September 2017 if they are applying new or renewing before this date and any drivers applying or renewing after the 30th September 207 will have to have their proof of English Language ready to send with their application.

What certificates does TfL accept for the PCO English Test?

TfL have teamed up with Trinity College and for any drivers who do not have any existing suitable evidence, they will have to pass the B1 (ISE 1) English Test at a SELT Test Centre.

However, TfL has also provided on their guidance notes that they will also accept GCSE, A Level, NVQ or equivalent certificates as long as they cover the 4 required modules, which are Reading & Writing and Speaking & Listening.

This means you do not have to take specifically take the B1 test at Trinity College, you can study towards passing one of the alternative accepted qualifications as long as you can prove they covered the 4 modules.

You can take courses to prepare for the B1 test with us followed by your exam with Trinity College or if you prefer you can enroll onto one of our accepted alternative courses that will be in our college followed by a test at our test centre. Our course is equivelent to GCSE grade A* to C and you will be issued with a City & Guilds Certificate. Read TfL English Language Requirement Guidance Here.

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