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Become a Taxi Driver in the Bridgend/ South Wales Area

You cannot simply start a taxi business if you have access to a car and start picking up passengers and charging them for the privilege. Taxis (or Hackney carriages as they are more correctly termed) are regulated through the local authority and subject to statutory and legal compliance.

In the United Kingdom, the name hackney carriage today refers to a taxicab licensed by the Public Carriage Office, local authority (non-metropolitan district councils, unitary authorities) or the Department of the Environment depending on region of the country.

If you want to become a taxi driver, then you may well need (subject to the requirements of your own local authority) to pass the DVSA taxi driving test. You might need to pass the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) taxi assessment to drive a taxi or private hire vehicle (PHV) - contact your local council to find out if you need to.

What is the DVSA taxi driving test?

There are 3 types of assessment that you can take:

  1. the standard driving assessment
  2. the enhanced assessment - this includes a wheelchair exercise
  3. the upgrade assessment if you've done the standard assessment and now want to do the wheelchair exercise

Instruction/ Lessons to prepare you for the DVSA taxi driving test

If you are considering sitting the DVSA taxi driving test then it stands to reason that you will need some preparation and training to make sure that you pass. We specialise in training and preparing drivers for the DVSA taxi driving test and have an excellent pass record.

Instructors specialising in Hackney Carriage/ Taxi Driver Training

As we specialise in this area, we can tailor lessons for you no matter what your personal circumstances. For example, if you are working shifts at present, we can work out a series of times when you are free and fresh to learn so you get the very best instruction possible. Please call or email and we will be happy to help.

Booking your DVSA taxi driving test in Bridgend and South Wales

Contact your local council to find out if you need to take the test.
Book your test with DVSA if you have to take it.
What the assessment involves
The assessment lasts for about 40 minutes.

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
New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, e.g AB51 ABC.
You must use glasses or contact lenses during the whole test if you need them to read the number plate.
You can't take the driving part of the assessment if you fail the eyesight test. You can still do the wheelchair exercise if you're taking the enhanced assessment.

Practical assessment for the DVSA taxi driving test.

The assessment will include:

  • a manoeuvre where you'll be asked to turn your vehicle to face the opposite direction
  • around 10 minutes of driving without being given turn-by-turn directions by the examiner
  • stops at the side of the road as if a passenger is getting in or out
  • related questions, e.g. what to do if a passenger leaves property in your vehicle
  • questions from the Highway Code and identifying traffic signs and road markings

You might also be asked to do an emergency stop.
You'll pass the assessment if you make 9 faults or fewer. You'll fail if you make a serious or dangerous fault.

Wheelchair exercise for the DVSA taxi driving test

You'll have to do a wheelchair exercise if you're taking the enhanced assessment - you'll need to bring a wheelchair accessible vehicle.
You'll need to show your ability to:

  • safely load and unload the wheelchair in your vehicle
  • use the wheelchair brakes to secure and release it
  • fasten the seat belts or safety harness
  • secure any wheel belts or clamps fitted to your vehicle

Vehicle requirements for the DVSA taxi driving test

Your vehicle must meet the same requirements as the car practical driving test, except it can't have L-plates ('L' or 'D' plates in Wales).
You're allowed to use a hire car to take the test.
If it has a private hire plate, the number must be the same as on the plate inside the vehicle.
It must also be wheelchair accessible if you're taking the enhanced test (e.g. London-style 'black cabs').

Documents you must bring for your DVSA taxi driving test

You must bring your driving licence.
If you have an old-style paper licence instead of a photocard, you must also bring a valid passport.

Passing the assessment for DVSA taxi driving test

When you pass your taxi assessment, you'll get:

  • a pass certificate (form TPH10)
  • a copy of your assessment
  • a debrief from the examiner

When you pass your wheelchair assessment, you'll get:

  • a pass certificate (form WTA10)
  • a copy of your assessment
  • a debrief from the examiner

Your local council will tell you what to do when you've passed the assessment.

Failing the assessment

If you fail the assessment you'll get:

  • a debrief from the examiner
  • a copy of your assessment

You must wait at least 3 clear working days before you retake the assessment. Sundays and public holidays don't count as working days.

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