DVSA taxi driving test

If you are looking to become a taxi driver and want to drive a private hire car in the Medway area you are required to take the DVSA Taxi test before you can apply to the council for a licence. We are now able to offer Taxi training via our approved driving instructor Darshan Upple  who has also been a taxi driver for over 15 years.

The DVSA Taxi Driving Test is comparable to the Learner test you would have taken some time in the past, where you would have been expected to drive safely and follow all the rules of the Highway Code.

Even though most experienced drivers think their driving skills are above average, we find that all drivers need some sort of training to get to the required standard to pass the DVSA Taxi test. Some trainee taxi drivers have taken 2 or more taxi tests and failed before coming to us, realising they do actually need lessons to be able to pass the assessment.

If you decide to book your taxi training with us, we would primarily give you an assessment of your current driving skills to find out what areas you will need to improve on, to pass the assessment.

Darshan Upple – Approved Driving Instructor and Hackney Driver.


Darshan is an experienced taxi driver and has been a taxi driver for over 15 years and is also an experienced Approved Driving Instructor. Darshan believes in being patient, friendly, and in instilling into all his ‘L’ pupils, a  safe attitude towards all other road users, so after passing their driving test the pupil can enjoy driving with skill, responsibility and stay safe for life.

Driving test forms are available from any local driving test centre, or you can apply online

For more information on becoming a private hire driver, contact Medway Council email: licensing@medway.gov.uk


There are 3 types of assessment you can take:

  • the standard driving assessment
  • the enhanced assessment – this includes a wheelchair exercise
  • the upgrade assessment if you’ve done the standard assessment and now want to do the wheelchair exercise

What the assessment involves

The standard driving assessment lasts for around 40 minutes.

Eyesight test

To Begin you will 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, eg AB51 ABC. You must use glasses or contact lenses during the whole test if you need them to read the number plate.


Practical assessment

The practical assessment will include:

  • A  maneuver where you will be asked to turn your training vehicle around to face the opposite direction
  • A 10 minute drive without being given turn-by-turn directions by the examiner ( independent drive )
  • Frequent stops at the side of the road as if a passenger is getting in or out of the vehicle
  • related questions, eg 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 the emergency stop.

You will pass the assessment if you make 9 faults or fewer. You’ll fail if you make one or more serious or dangerous faults.

When you have passed the practical assessment you must then agree to a Criminal Records Bureau check, and have a medical.


Wheelchair exercise

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

Your training vehicle must meet the same requirements as the car practical driving test, except it can’t have L-plates.

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 (eg London-style ‘black cabs’).

Documents you must bring

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

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.

For more information on becoming a private hire driver, contact Medway Council email: licensing@medway.gov.uk