Becoming a Minicab Driver
If you’re looking to earn a minicab driver salary, UK private hire operator Addison Lee offers excellent rates and added benefits for our fleet of drivers.
How Much do Minicab Drivers Earn?
Minicabs are also called private hire vehicles and shouldn’t be confused with regular taxis. Private hire vehicles look visually different to taxis, and the drivers operate differently.
|Taxi||Minicab/Private Hire Vehicle (PHV)|
|Passengers||May carry out pre-booked journeys|
May wait on taxi ranks for a fare
May be ‘flagged down’ on the street
|May only carry out pre-booked journeys arranged through a private hire operator|
|Vehicles||Blue/white licence plate on the back of the vehicle|
Blue/white window card in the front windscreen
‘Taxi’ sign on the roof
|Yellow licence plate on the back of the vehicle|
Yellow window card in the front windscreen
|Fees||Taxi fares are set by the council||Minicab drivers have more control over their earnings|
The earnings for minicab drivers in London are estimated at an average of £714 a week, or £2 762 a month. If you drive for a private hire operator like Addison Lee, you’ll also get plenty of benefits that help to minimise your expenses and keep your earnings high.
Our minicab drivers typically earn at least £1 000 a week before vehicle hire. Licenced PCO drivers who have their own car can earn higher – at least £1 500 a week for the first 4 weeks.
As a minicab driver, you can also claim a wide range of tax deductibles, including:
- Fuel (petrol and/or diesel)
- Vehicle insurance
- Licence and registration fees
- Courier insurance
- Breakdown cover
- Annual road tax
- Vehicle service and repairs
- MOT test
- Toll fees
- Parking fees
- Phone bill (business usage)
- Interest on vehicle loans
- Accountancy fees
- Advertising costs
Find out more about becoming a minicab driver with Addison Lee, London’s premium private hire service.
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