''An English language requirement applies to all applications for private hire drivers licences received by TfL on or after 14 October 2016.
To comply with the requirement, you will either need to pass the English language test with a test provider appointed by TfL or provide documentary evidence of your proficiency in the English language.
If you were an existing holder of a private hire driver's licence before 14 October 2016, you only need to prove to us that you comply with the new requirement when you renew your licence.
In respect of both new and renewal applications received between 14 October 2016 and 31 March 2017, applicants have until 31 March 2017 to prove that they comply with the English language requirement.
Licensees who fail to do this may face licensing action.
For applications received from 1 April 2017, applicants will need to prove to us that they comply with the English language requirement as part of their application before a licence will be issued.''
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