You will need this authorisation if you intend to drive a motor vehicle providing a public passenger service.
There are different categories of driver authorisation for the different types of public passenger transport services. Drivers must hold the appropriate category of driver authorisation for the kind of public passenger service being provided. The driver must also hold a current driver licence for the class of vehicle they intend on driving.
There are three categories of authorisation:
- booked hire / taxi driver authorisation - authorises the holder to drive a vehicle being used to provide any kind of public passenger service for which driver authorisation is required. Required by drivers of taxi and booked hire services (including services provided under a limousine licence).
- general driver authorisation - authorises the holder to drive a vehicle being used to provide any public passenger service other than a booked hire service or a taxi service.
- restricted driver authorisation - issued by community or courtesy transport operator to provide community or courtesy transport services for the operator.