Some local authorities require that you pass a taxi driver assessment in order to drive a taxi or private hire vehicle.
To find out if your local authority requires you to take a taxi driver assessment please contact them directly. You should also check that we already work with your local authority to carry out the taxi driver assessment on their behalf.
There are 3 types of taxi driver assessment you can take:
- Standard Taxi Assessment
- Enhanced Assessment (Including Wheelchair Exercise)
- Wheelchair Upgrade Assessment
What does the taxi driver assessment Involve?
The assessment consists of:
An eyesight test
We will ask you to read a vehicle number plate from a distance of 20 metres away. If you require the use of glasses or contact lenses to read the number plate, then you must also wear these during the driving assessment. If you fail the eyesight test, the rest of the assessment cannot go ahead and you will lose your fee. If you are taking the enhanced assessment you can still complete the wheelchair exercise.
Practical driving assessment
During the taxi driver assessment, the assessor will ask you to:
- stop at the side of the road as if a passenger were entering or exiting the vehicle
- carry out a manoeuvre, where you will be asked to turn the vehicle around to face in the opposite direction
- drive for approximately 10 minutes without being given turn-by-turn directions (eg. by following road signs)
- questions from the Highway Code
- questions related to cabology
You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
You will pass the taxi driver assessment if you make 9 or fewer driving faults, unless you accumulate a number of faults in one area. If any serious or dangerous faults are recorded this will result in a fail.
Please note some taxi driver assessments are observed by quality assurance staff.
If you choose to take the enhanced taxi driver assessment, you will need to carry out the wheelchair exercise. You will need to bring a wheelchair accessible vehicle. During this exercise you will need to show that you can:
- safely load and unload the wheelchair in and out of your vehicle
- secure the wheelchair in your vehicle using the wheelchair brakes and also release it
- fasten the seat belts or safety harness
- secure any wheel belts or clamps fitted to your vehicle
Your vehicle should be either a vehicle owned by you, or a vehicle you are using with permission of the owner (e.g. a hire vehicle).
The vehicle must be fully roadworthy and must not be displaying any warning lights.
Either a manual or an automatic vehicle is acceptable.
OUR ASSESSORS HAVE RIGHT TO CHECK THE TAX AND MOT STATUS OF YOUR VEHICLE WHERE THEY HAVE REASONABLE CONCERN THAT YOUR VEHICLE IS NOT ROADWORTHY
Your vehicle must:
- be insured for the purposes of a driving test/assessment
- be a car with front and rear seats (vans are not acceptable)
- not be displaying trade plates or L plates.
- be taxed
- have a current, valid MOT (if over 3 years old)
- be roadworthy
- be free of any tyre damage and all tread depths must be above the legal limit (you cannot use a space saver tyre on the assessment)
- have no warning lights showing
- have all it’s exterior lights in full working order
- be smoke free – you cannot smoke on the assessment or have been smoking in the vehicle prior to the assessment
- be able to reach at least 62 mph and have a mph speedometer
- have 4 wheels and a maximum authorised mass of no more than 3,500kg
- have a passenger seat belt and head restraint for the assessor
- the vehicle must be suitable for the type of assessment being taken (eg. if you are taking an enhanced or wheelchair assessment, you must bring a vehicle appropriate for safely carrying a wheelchair using passenger)
In addition to the above, we have a policy of not allowing any recording of the assessment (audio or visual). You can use a camera for insurance purposes, as long as it is:
- External facing and doesn’t film the inside of the vehicle.
- Doesn’t record audio inside the vehicle.
If your vehicle does not meet the above requirements, your assessment will not go ahead and you will lose your assessment fee.
What you must bring to the assessment
- your driving licence
- if you have the old style (non-photocard) licence, then you must also bring a valid passport
- a suitable vehicle
Passing your assessment
When you pass your assessment you will be handed a copy of the assessment paperwork. You will also be offered a verbal debrief from the assessor. You will then receive your pass certificate by email, within 3 working days.
Failing the assessment
If you do not pass, you will be given a copy of the assessment paperwork and offered a verbal debrief from the assessor.
To book your assessment please fill in our booking form by clicking here.
Amending or cancelling your assessment
You can easily amend or cancel your assessment once it has been booked. Please email email@example.com to do this. Please ensure you give enough notice to amend or cancel – you must give at least 4 clear working days notice so that you don’t lose your fee (working days = Monday to Friday, not including bank holidays. 4 clear working days, does not include the day you inform us you would like to cancel or the date of the assessment).
Have you had an assessment and wish to appeal?
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Are you a local authority looking for an alternative to the DVSA Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Assessment?
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