Licensing regulations for taxi drivers differ from one local authority to another. To learn about the exact licensing arrangements in the area you wish to operate as a taxi driver you should contact the relevant local authority.
All local authorities however, will require you have:
Many local authorities will require you take a taxi assessment test, which may be carried out by a DSA Driving Test Examiner. The test will require you to show a level of driving skill and ability associated with that of an experienced driver. You will also need to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the Highway Code.
The Taxi Assessment Test
The standard needed to pass the test will be higher than that of a learner driver taking the standard practical driving test and will take into account issues specifically related to taxi driving. The main focus of the test will be on road safety and the safe conveyance of passengers. Your passengers must feel safe at all times.
The driving part of the test will last for around forty minutes. You will have to drive on a wide range of roads and in a variety of road traffic conditions.
Turning The Car Around
The test will require you to carry out a 'turning the car around in the road' manoeuvring exercise. The examiner will select a section of road where their are various options available to do this. You will have to select the safest and most appropriate method of turning the car around. Methods you can choose from are:
When performing any of the above you must make sure you do not mount or hit the kerb or use a private driveway. All manoeuvres must be made safely, under control and in accordance with the Highway Code.
Stopping At The Side Of The Road
As this is common practice when driving a taxi the examiner will require you to perform two or three stops. You should:
New to all practical driving tests from 2010. The examiner will ask you to drive by following road sign and/or verbal directions. For more info see.
The Wheelchair Exercise
This is optional but must be taken if the vehicle you intend to use as a taxi is fitted with special equipment to allow easy access for wheelchairs and people with special needs.
You will need to load and unload a wheelchair safely, and make sure it is secured for any journey. The examiner will ask you to:
Highway Code Cabology Questions
At the end of the test you will be asked ten questions.
How The Test Is Marked
The examiner will mark you as they would a learner driver taking the normal practical driving test. For more info see how the driving test examiner expects you to drive. However, if you commit ten or more driving faults you will fail, a learner can score fifteen. You will also fail if you score one dangerous or serious fault.
Driving Fault - a non-dangerous fault such as hesitating at a junction or not siganlling too late.
Serious Fault - recorded when a potentially dangerous incident has occurred or a regular driving fault shows a serious weakness in the candidate's driving.
Dangerous Fault - an incident that caused actual danger while driving.
Booking The Taxi Assessment Test
Book the test as you would a normal driving test: