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Taxi Test and Taxi Training

Go-Pass (UK) offer Taxi Training in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Hastings, and Eastbourne, East Sussex.

If you're looking to take your taxi test, Go-Pass (UK) can help.


Firstly, for information on becoming a Taxi Driver, Click here for Bradford, West Yorkshire,  or,  click here for Rother, East Sussex.

Would-be taxi drivers now have to be assessed by the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) before being given a licence to drive a cab.

The assessment ensures the competence of the applicant to drive and carry passengers in safety and comfort. Those who are successful receive a certificate of competence.

What The Examiner Is Looking For.

Image of a taxi signpost.

The taxi test 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 extremely important that you read the Highway Code and be familiar with your vehicle.

You may be asked to do an emergency stop, 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 puddles, mud, 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.
  • You will be expected to answer some Highway Code questions and some cabology questions too.The taxi test 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 with our Diamond Accredited Taxi Trainer prior to taking the Taxi Test .
  • You may be asked to do an emergency stop, 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 puddles, mud, 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.
  • You will be expected to answer some Highway Code questions and some cabology questions too.

To pass the Taxi Test 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.

To ensure you are ready to take your Taxi Test, consider using Go-Pass (UK) for your Taxi Training.


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