Knowledge of London (3)

MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Question By: 
David Kurten
Brexit Alliance Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Is the Mayor aware that it currently takes longer to get accepted onto The Knowledge than it does to get a PH Licence?


Answer for Knowledge of London (3)
Knowledge of London (3)

Knowledge of London (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The licence application process for both taxi and private hire drivers is complex, multi-staged and often iterative, which can involve requests for further information or clarity from applicants.  As set out in my response to Mayor’s Question 0159/2019, there are also a number of elements in the licensing process that are outside of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) control.

For example, the medical fitness of applicants must be assessed, and applicants must undergo an enhanced DBS check through the Disclosure and Barring Service within timescales outside of TfL’s control.

Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and, in each case, TfL must be satisfied that the applicant is a fit and proper person to be licensed.

As stated in my response to Mayor’s Question 2019/0160, the average time it takes to be accepted onto the Knowledge of London is around 68 days. It is currently taking, on average, 189 days for Transport for London (TfL) to process a new private hire driver’s licence applications.

TfL will always prioritise renewal applications for both trades. The average time it takes for a private hire driver to renew their licence is 50 days and for taxi drivers is 45 days.