Taxi Driver Assessments
Some local authorities require that you pass a taxi driver test or assessment in order to drive a taxi or private hire vehicle. To find out if your local authority requires this please contact them directly. You should also check that we already work with your local authority to provide taxi driver assessments.
There are 3 types of assessment you can take:
- Standard Taxi Assessment
- Enhanced Assessment (Including Wheelchair Exercise)
- Wheelchair Upgrade Assessment
Standard Assessment: £80 (Mon-Fri) £96 (Sat/Sun)
Enhanced Assessment: £92 (Mon-Fri) £112 (Sat/Sun)
Wheelchair Assessment: £26 (Mon-Fri) £32 (Sat/Sun)
What does the assessment Involve?
The assessment consists of:
An eyesight test
You must be able to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres away (new style number plate) or 20.5 metres away (old style number plate). 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 test 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 assessment, the assessor will ask you:
- to stop at the side of the road as if a passenger were entering or exiting the vehicle
- to carry out a manoeuvre, where you will be asked to turn the vehicle around to face in the opposite direction
- to drive for approximately 10 minutes without being given turn-by-turn directions
- questions from the Highway Code
- related questions
You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
You will pass the assessment if you make 9 or fewer driving faults, unless you accumulate a number of faults in one area. No serious or dangerous faults are allowed.
If you choose to take the enhanced 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
You can use any suitable, roadworthy vehicle for the assessment. Either a manual or an automatic vehicle is acceptable.
Your vehicle must:
- be insured for the purposes of a driving test/assessment
- be taxed
- have a current, valid MOT (if over 3 years old)
- be roadworthy
- have no 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
- 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
- a passenger seat belt and head restraint for the assessor
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
Passing your assessment
When you pass your assessment you will be given a pass certificate and a copy of the assessment paperwork. You will also be offered a verbal debrief from the assessor.
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.
Prices are as follows:
Standard Assessment (Hackney or Private Hire):
Enhanced Assessment (Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles):
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?
Are you a local authority looking for an alternative to the DVSA Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Assessment?
Since the withdrawal of the DVSA taxi test many local authorities are struggling to meet demand for their new driver applicants and are looking for alternative arrangements. Green Penny can assist by providing an assessment service for applicants that meets the same strict requirements laid out by the DVSA.
Our assessment process ensures that drivers are able to demonstrate:
- that their eyesight meets the legal requirements
- a safe standard of driving
- a manoeuvre where they will be asked to turn their vehicle around to face the opposite direction
- around 10 minutes of driving without being given turn-by-turn instructions
- a stop at the side of the road as if a passenger is getting in or out
- their knowledge on related questions, such as what to do if a passenger leaves property in their vehicle
- their knowledge on questions from the Highway Code and identifying traffic signs and road markings
- an emergency stop (they may be asked to carry this out)
Where an enhanced assessment is required the driver will also be assessed on their ability to:
- safely load and unload a wheelchair in their vehicle
- use the wheelchair brakes to secure and release it
- fasten the seatbelts or safety harness
- secure and wheel belts or clamps fitted to the vehicle
The assessment is designed to match the assessment that is being phased out by the DVSA therefore ensuring that local authorities maintain the consistency they have experienced with the DVSA assessment. A certificate will be provided on completion of the assessment which will provide the local authority with the confirmation needed to meet their current requirements.
To make arrangements for us to assess your applicants contact us now