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Requirements for taxi and private hire drivers to acquire or renew their licence vary considerably amongst the 400+ licensing authorities within the United Kingdom - the Diamond programme addresses this by providing continuity of driving and testing standards nationally.

New laws relating to passenger transport and the amendment of existing laws mean having to constantly reveiew the changes and how they may apply to licensed taxi and private hire drivers.

At Driver Training our  Telford and Shrewsbury courses are carried out by Driving Standards Agency (DSA) approved driving instructors who have successfully completed the Diamond Accredited Taxi driver Training (DATT) course, gaining all the necessary skills and information to pass on to potential or existing Taxi Drivers. The training we provide is suitable for both the Diamond test and the DSA test (You will need to contact your local authority for their specific requirements).

The taxi assessment test Telford and shrewsbury, is reflective of modern driving practices; the standard is set at a level suitable for the full driving licence holder, which is therefore higher than the learner driver test. It is important that you do not adjust your driving to what you may feel the examiner would expect to see, do not drive in an unnatural manner. It is important that you read the Highway Code and be familiar with your vehicle; it is also strongly advisable to consider taking professional instruction prior to taking the test.

To pass you are permitted to accumulate up to nine driving faults, if you accumulate 10 or more driving faults you will fail. Any serious or dangerous faults will be immediately recorded as a failure; the test will still continue finally returning to the driving test centre.

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What the taxi or private hire vehicle assessment involves

The standard of the hackney carriage (taxi) or private hire vehicle assessment is set at a level suitable for a full driving licence holder. It is therefore higher than the learner driver test.

The eyesight test

At the start of your practical assessment, you will be asked to read in good daylight a vehicle registration number fixed to a motor vehicle with letters and figures 79.4 millimetres high at a distance of 20.5 metres (20 metres for a new-style number plate). You can use glasses or contact lenses if you wear them.

If you fail the eyesight test, you will be unable to take the driving part of the assessment. However, you will still be able to continue with the wheelchair section if appropriate.

The practical assessment

The practical assessment will last for about 35 to 40 minutes, depending on traffic. Some of the skills you will be assessed on are specific to taxi drivers, such as making U-turns and not stopping anywhere that could be dangerous for a passenger getting out of your vehicle. The examiner will also ask you a few questions on the Highway Code and ask you to identify some traffic signs and road markings.

During the practical assessment, you will be examined on:

  • your awareness and anticipation
  • your effective planning of prevailing road and traffic conditions
  • your correct use of speed
  • an emergency stop (there will be one in the assessment)
  • a manoeuvre involving reversing
  • a taxi or private hire related exercise
  • your passenger safety and comfort
  • a wheelchair element (for wheelchair enhanced vehicles if you requested the enhanced assessment)

For more information, refer to your private hire-hackney carriage assessment booklet available from your local council.

If you are taking the taxi or 'black cab' style test, you will need to answer some related 'cabology' questions. Examples of these include the dimensions of your vehicle, its correct tyre pressures and what you should do if a passenger leaves property behind.

For more information, refer to your private hire hackney carriage assessment booklet available from your local council.

You need to complete the assessment with no more than nine minor faults to pass. You will be failed if you make any serious or dangerous errors.

The wheelchair exercise

If you asked to take the enhanced assessment, your assessment will also include the wheelchair exercise. For more information, refer to your private hire/hackney carriage assessment booklet available from your local council.

What the examiner is looking for during a taxi test

• You may be asked to do an emergency stop, where you will need to demonstrate that you can stop as in an emergency, promptly and under control (avoid skidding).

• You will be asked to carry out two manoeuvres, one of which will be your own choice. In both cases you will be expected to demonstrate your ability to manoeuvre your vehicle under control and with good all round effective observations, giving consideration to other road users and pedestrians.

• You will be asked on a number of occasions to pull up on the left at a safe and convenient place, as if a fare is either going to get in or out of your vehicle - avoid parking next to lamp posts and trees as this could be potentially hazardous for your passenger.

• Whenever you have been stationary at the side of the road, remember your important safety check - check your blind spot (look over your right shoulder) before pulling away.

• You need to use all your mirrors effectively (interior and exterior) and at the appropriate times, in effect you should demonstrate that you are aware of what is happening around your vehicle at all times.

• You need to signal correctly and in good time to let other road users know your intention - other road users need to see and understand what you plan to do.

• You will be expected to understand and comply with traffic signs and road markings, as they are there to help you anticipate and plan your journey. You will also need to see and react to signals given by the police, traffic wardens etc and signals given by other road users.

• You must be able to demonstrate your ability to make progress when the speed signs and the road and traffic conditions dictate it is safe to do so - equally it is important to demonstrate that you recognise and comply when in a lower speed limit areas.

• Watch your separation distance from the vehicle in front and also your separation distance from parked cars.

• Use sound judgement when overtaking, meeting oncoming vehicles and when turning right in front of oncoming traffic - at no time be in a situation where you cause another vehicle to brake or swerve to avoid you.

• Demonstrate that you are aware of other road users at all times, plan ahead predict how the actions of others will affect your driving and react in good time - be aware of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists etc, act in good time rather than at the last moment!

Wheelchair accessible vehicles  

You should demonstrate your ability to securely erect the wheelchair ramps (whatever style of ramp fitted to your vehicle)

• Safely install the wheelchair in your vehicle, backing the chair to the `fold down' seats, then securing both wheelchair brakes.

• Secure seat belts/safety harness and also secure wheel belts/clamps if fitted to your vehicle.

• Having satisfied yourself that the wheelchair and imaginary disabled person are secure, reverse the process.

• You will be asked a few questions on the Highway Code, asked to identify a few traffic sign and road markings and asked some general cabology questions - this may include such questions as the length, width or height, tyre pressures, what to do if you found an item of lost property in your cab etc.

It is important that you can demonstrate all the principles of safety and security - if seat belts, wheel belts or wheel clamps etc are fitted then they should be in good working order and applied whatever style of wheelchair accessible vehicle you bring on test.

Fees for taking the taxi driving assessment

Some councils and local authorities insist that you first must pass the Driving Standards Agency's practical assessment before they can grant you a Hackney Carriage or private hire vehicle driver's licence.

You can choose to take your assessment on weekdays or - at extra cost - on a weekend or weekday evening.

Your taxi driving practical test fees vary depending on the type of test needed. In order to plan for your taxi driving practical test, you'll need to contact your local council. Ask them for the Private Hire/Hackney Carriage Assessment Pack.

The fees listed below are correct as of 30 March 2009.

Taxi assessment fees

 WeekdayWeekend and weekday evening
Hackney saloon vehicles, private hire saloon vehicles, Highway Code/traffic signs/cabology questions

Hackney wheelchair enhanced, wheelchair accessible vehicles and Highway code/traffic signs/cabology questions

£91.00 £110.00
Wheelchair exercise £26.00 £32.00

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