Taxi Assessment Training

Taxi Driver Driving Assessment

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 good knowledge of the Highway Code.

The standard needed to pass the test expectations will be higher than a learner driver taking the standard driving test and test will be focused related to taxi driving. The assessment of the test will be on road safety and the safe conveyance of passengers. Your passengers must feel safe at all times.

The driving test will last for about forty five minutes. You will have to drive on a various road traffic conditions and this may also include motorways and dual carriageways.


Eyesight test

At the start, you’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:


• 20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate

• 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate



The Examiner will also ask you to carry out 2 reversing manoeuvres from the following.

  • A turn in the road.
  • A left or right reverse from major to minor road.
  • Reversing into a car parking space (Bay Parking).
  • Reversing into a space at the side of the road (Parallel Parking).

Manoeuvres must be carried out and completed safely, under control following the rules and regulations on a Highway Code.

  • You may also have to do an emergency stop.


Stopping the vehicle

The examiner will require you to perform two or three stops. You should:

  • Pull up at a reasonable distance from the kerb where it is safe, legal and convenient.
  • Apply the handbrake.
  • Select neutral gear.
  • Make sure there are no obstructions, such as a street light, that would stop a passenger opening the door.


The Independent drive

Independent driving forms part of the practical driving test.

It requires the test candidate to drive without being given directions by the Examiner by either following a series of street directions, following traffic signs, or a combination of both, for about ten minutes.

It doesn't matter if the candidate doesn't remember every direction, or if they go the wrong way - that can happen to the most experienced drivers. Independent driving is not a test of the candidates orientation and navigation skills, it is about being capable of making their own decisions whilst driving and how to safely navigate that route without prompts - this includes deciding when it's safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation about where they are going.

When taking the independent driving test:

  • If you need to ask the examiner for a reminder of the directions then do so. Once asked the examiner will confirm the route.
  • If you go off-route your overall driving test result will not be affected, unless you commit a driving fault. The examiner will also help you get back on the route so you can continue with independent driving.
  • If there are poor or obscured traffic signs, the examiner will give directions until the next visible traffic sign.
  • A detailed knowledge of the test route is not necessary.
  • You cannot use a Sat-Nav.


Driving Assessment Marking

  • Remember – this is an assessment and involves no element of training or guidance. The assessor is only there to observe your drive and mark accordingly.
  • The assessor is independent, accredited by the DVSA and will simply mark your driving against structured assessment criteria.
  • The assessor will mark you as they would a learner driver taking the normal practical driving test. For more information check the DVSA website on driving tests.
  • If you commit more than 9 driving faults you will fail, whereas a learner can score fifteen.
  • You will also fail if you score one or more serious or dangerous driving faults.
  • Driving Fault - This is a fault that is not potentially dangerous but if you make the same fault throughout your assessment it could become a serious fault.
  • Serious Fault - a potentially dangerous incident has occurred or where a regular driving fault shows a serious or potentially dangerous weakness in the candidate's driving.
  • Dangerous Fault - Involves actual danger to either you, the examiner, the public or property.
  • The Assessor can only mark what is seen. No matter how many years you have been driving or your previous driving experiences, the assessor will simply mark what you do on your assessment, so if you make mistakes these will be marked.


Taxi Assessment Training

 5 hours £125

10 hours £250

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