Standard Taxi Assessment

  • A manoeuvre where you will 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 assessor.
  • Stops at the side of the road as if a passenger is getting in or out.
  • Related questions, like what to do if a passenger leaves property in your vehicle o questions from The Highway Code and Identifying traffic signs and road markings. You might also be asked to do an emergency stop.

Wheelchair Assessment

You will have to do a wheelchair assessment if you want to drive a wheelchair accessible vehicle.
  • You will need to bring a wheelchair accessible vehicle.
  • You will 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 harnesses.
  • Secure any wheel belts or clamps fitted to your vehicle.

Enhanced Assessment

This assessment is a combination of both the standard and wheelchair assessments combined. (the wheelchair exercise is conducted first, followed by the standard driving assessment)

 

Booking Your Assessment

                   Assessment Type Mon – Fri   Weekdays after 5pm / Weekends
Assessment Type      Mon-Sun
Standard Assessment (Driving Assessment ONLY with Standard Car) £66 + £13.20 Vat
£79.20
Wheelchair Assessment (Wheelchair Assessment Only with Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle) £28 + £5.60 Vat
£33.60
Enhanced Assessment (Driving Assessment and Wheelchair Assessment with Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle) £90 + £18 Vat
£108

 

What does the assessment involve?

Eyesight Test

We will ask you to read a vehicle number plate from 20 metres away. If you require the use of glasses or contact lenses to read the number plate, then you must also wear these during the driving assessment. If you fail the eyesight test, the rest of the assessment cannot go ahead, and you will lose your fee. If you are taking the enhanced assessment you can still complete the wheelchair exercise.


Practical Driving Assessment

During the taxi driver assessment, the assessor will ask you to:
  • Stop at the side of the road as if a passenger were entering or exiting the vehicle
  • Carry out a manoeuvre, where you will be asked to turn the vehicle around to face in the opposite direction
  • Drive for approximately 10 minutes without being given turn-by-turn directions (e.g. by following road signs)
You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
You will pass the taxi driver assessment if you make 9 or fewer driving faults unless you accumulate several faults in one area. If any serious or dangerous faults are recorded this will result in a fail.
Please note some taxi driver assessments are observed by quality assurance staff.
 

Wheelchair exercise

If you choose to take the enhanced taxi driver assessment, you will need to carry out the wheelchair exercise.  You will need to bring a wheelchair accessible vehicle.  During this exercise you will to show that you can:

  • Safely load and unload the wheelchair in and out of your vehicle
  • Secure the wheelchair in your vehicle using the wheelchair brakes and also release it
  • Fasten the seat belts or safety harness
  • Secure any wheel belts or clamps fitted to your vehicle

Vehicle requirements

If you choose to take the enhanced taxi driver assessment, you will need to carry out the wheelchair exercise. You will need to bring a wheelchair accessible vehicle. During this exercise you will need to show that you can:

  • Your vehicle should be either a c=vehcile owned by you or a vechile you are using with the permission of the owner (e.e. a hire vehicle)
  • The vehicle must be fully roadworthey and must not be displaying any warning lights
  • Either a manual or an automatic is acceptable
  • Our assessors have the right to check the tax and MOT status of your vehicle where they have a reasonable concern that your vehicle is not roadworthy

Your vehicle must:

  • Be insured for the purposes of a driving test/assessment
  • Be a car with front and rear seats (vans are not acceptable)
  • Not be displaying trade plates or L plates.
  • Be taxed
  • Have a current, valid MOT (if over 3 years old)
  • Be roadworthy
  • Be free of any tyre damage and all tread depths must be above the legal limit (you cannot use a space-saver tyre on the assessment)
  • Have no warning lights showing?
  • Have all its exterior lights in full working order
  • Be smoke-free – you cannot smoke on the assessment or have been smoking in the vehicle prior to the assessment
  • Be able to reach at least 62 mph and have a mph speedometer
  • Have 4 wheels and a maximum authorised mass of no more than 3,500kg
  • Have a passenger seat belt and head restraint for the assessor
  • The vehicle must be suitable for the type of assessment being taken (e.g. if you are taking an enhanced or wheelchair assessment, you must bring a vehicle appropriate for safely carrying a wheelchair using passenger)
In addition to the above, we have a policy of not allowing any recording of the assessment (audio or visual). You can use a camera for insurance purposes, as long as it is:
  • External facing
  • Does not record audio inside the vehicle

If your vehicle does not meet the above requirements, your assessment will not go ahead, and you will lose your assessment

You can also book by calling or texting our Training Manager, Tim Griffiths, on 07949 294140 or calling the Will Barnes Ltd office on 01795 371009

We can also provide taxi training to help you pass your assessment, please contact Tim Griffiths on 07949 294140 for further details.

See other training courses here.