Get your taxi badge in Knowsley

Step 1: Book a PRE-APPLICATION appointment and attend

Step 2: Get booked onto an Alpha Taxi Training course

  • Call the Alpha Driver Recruitment team on 0151 545 2028 to find out about the next course start dates and times.
  • BTEC Level 2 Certificate – Introduction to the Role of the Professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver.
  • The course cost is £260. This cost will be totally refunded to you from week 12 in the form of radio settle only* (this is the weekly circuit fee every driver pays for the work provided to them).
  • You will also receive £579 FREE settle credit from Alpha when you complete the taxi licence process and start with Alpha as a new driver bonus!

*Must be within 3 months of commencement of licence

Step 3: Complete an ESA test and a Group II Medical

  • A driver Essential Skills Assessment [ESA] with council officers
  • Submit a Group II vocational standard medical either from the council’s Occupational Health Unit or a doctor at your own G.P. Surgery
  • To book an ESA, please email taxi.licensing@knowsley.gov.uk with your name, date of birth, mobile telephone number and email address and you will be offered the next available appointment. You must pre-book sessions, you cannot turn up on the day without a prior booking. You can ring licensing on 01514432300 for advice.

Step 4: Attend all course sessions

  • Once you have completed the course and passed all modules you can attend a BTEC Certificate presentation at our head office, Alpha Taxis, 6 Childwall Fiveways, Liverpool, L15 6YB
  • Please note, this will be a temporary certificate until the original is posted. You will be able to use the temporary certificate to take out your badge until your official certificate is posted to you.

Step 5: Check your Itinerary

  • Enhanced DBS Certificate.
  • Temporary Course Certificate.
  • Driving License/Passport (Photo ID).
  • Group 2 Taxi Medical.
  • New 1-year Private Hire driver licence = £45.00 or New 3-year Private Hire driver licence = £80.00

Step 6: Book your badge appointment

  • Please email taxi.licensing@knowsley.gov.uk with your name, date of birth, mobile telephone number and email address and you will be offered the next available appointment.
  • You must pre-book appointments, you cannot turn up on the day without a prior booking.
  • Alternatively, you can ring 01514432300 for advice.

Final Stage: Get driving!

  • Start with Alpha and take up our wonderful introductory offer!
  • This is £579 FREE settle credit and the course reimbursement fee after your 12th week.
  • We can also arrange a licenced Alpha fleet rental car for you provided by us if require one. For information call our Fleet on 0151 487 8158 or Steven on 0794 0477560.