If you are about to apply for your first taxi driver license, there are a few important things you need to understand about the medical.
1. What are the medical requirements for your taxi license?
The medical requirements for taxi drivers are usually the same as those for anyone holding a Class 2 driving license. However, in order to obtain a taxi license, you will need to prove that you meet these requirements. You will need to have a medical performed by a doctor who can then confirm that you are fit to drive. However, the requirements for taxi driver licenses can vary depending on the authority that is issuing them. Some areas require additional tests or standards. You will need to check the requirements for your local authority when you apply for your license. The authority will provide a medical form for your doctor to complete.
2. When do you need to renew your license and have a taxi driver medical?
The local authority that issues your taxi license will also decide how often drivers need to have a health check. You may need to have more frequent taxi driver medicals as you grow older or if you are diagnosed with certain medical conditions. You might need a medical every year if you are considered at high risk.
3. What happens if you are diagnosed with an illness that could affect your driving?
If you develop any health problems that could affect your ability to drive safely, you must report them to the DVLA and your licensing authority. You may need to stop driving for a while until your symptoms are under control. You may also need to meet some additional requirements in your future taxi driver medicals. For example, you might need to wear a portable ECG for 24 hours if you have previously been diagnosed with an arrhythmia, even if it has been treated successfully.