The Driver-Guides Association is the national professional association of private blue badge tourist guides who undertake tours in their own cars
The National Professional Association of Blue Badge Driver-Guides
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Private Hire Vehicle Licensing

What is a Private Hire Vehicle?
It is a vehicle constructed or adapted to seat fewer than nine passengers which is made available with a driver for the purpose of carrying passengers, other than a licensed taxi or public service vehicle.

Please note that if a vehicle is designed to carry 9 or more passengers it comes under public service vehicle regulations and guiding while driving is illegal.

Under the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 all bookings undertaken by a London-based driver-guide must be processed by a licensed operator. If the driver-guide does not hold a PHV operator's licence he or she may not accept bookings directly from clients, only from a licensed operator.

London based driver-guides must be in possession of a PHV driving licence.

All vehicles used for private hire must carry a PHV vehicle liccence.

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England and Wales
The rest of England and Wales comes under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976. As with London, driver-guides need a PHV operator's licence to accept bookings. They need also a PHV driving licence and PHV vehicle licence.

Remember, if the vehicle or the driver does not carry the proper licence the vehicle is not insured.

The DGA has been advised that PHV licences are not required if no more that one driver-guiding assignment per day is undertaken.

Northern Ireland
The DGA has been advised that driver-guides in Northern Ireland do not require PHV licences.

The Driver-Guides Association is the National Professional Association for Blue Badge Driver-Guides
With members in London and throughout the United Kingdom

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