There are 3 assessments:
1. Standard Taxi Assessment
2. Enhanced Assessment - Wheelchair
3. Wheelchair Upgrade.
The driving Assessment
This involves an eyesight test. Be able to read a number plate from 20 metres away.
During your Assessment the assessor will ask you to carry out the below:
-Carry out a manoeuvre where you will turn around safely
-Stop at the side of the road as though dropping off or picking up
-Drive around 10 minutes without being given step by step directions
-Some questions from the Highway Code and related questions
If you would like to take the enhanced assessment you will be assessed on the wheelchair exercise. You must bring a wheelchair accessible vehicle, however, we have got plenty of contacts and you can hire a vehicle from them. During the assessment you will need to show that you can complete the following:
-Safely load & unload the wheelchair in & out of the vehicle
-Secure the wheelchair using brakes and release it & fasten safety belts or harness
-Fasten the seat belts or any safety harness & secure all belts and clamps fitted to the vehicle
The vehicle you can use for the test must be:
-Insured for the purpose of the test
-MOT, taxed and roadworthy
-All tyres legal
-Head restraint and seatbelt for assessor
Documents to bring with you:
-Your driving Licence
If it's the old style, your passport
Passing the Assessment:
When you have passed, you will receive a certificate on the day. This must be sent electronically to the council.
Failing the Assessment:
If you are unsuccessful, the assessor will give you a full debrief and explain what you need to do next time to improve. We call it an action plan and the assessor will ensure you fully understand what is required to improve.
Appealing your Assessment:
If you wish to appeal the assessment, please contact the email below within 7 days and your appeal will be considered.
Any local authority that requires taxi testing please contact us. We can carry out tests nationwide.