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Taxi Driver Assessments

Now that the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has decided to stop providing taxi assessments for local councils, several Local Authorities suggest or require their taxi and private hire vehicle drivers to pass an Advanced Driving Test with RoSPA or another organisation.

RoSPA can provide Advanced Driving Tests for taxi and private hire vehicle drivers. However, it is not a taxi assessment. It is a normal Advanced Driving Test, and does not cover issues specific to driving a taxi or private hire vehicle.

RoSPA's Advanced Driving Test is based on police driving standards and the 'System of car control' as detailed in "Roadcraft – The Police Driver Handbook". It is unlikely that you will pass the RoSPA Advanced Driving Test without a good knowledge of the current editions of "Roadcraft" and "The Highway Code".

Most people will need some Advanced Driver training in order to pass the test. However, if you wish to book and take a test without any training you may do so. But, be aware that you will be tested to the same standards as all other Advanced Drivers, and if you fail to pass the test because you are not properly prepared, you will not be able to claim a refund.

If you book a RoSPA Advanced Driving Test, you are strongly advised to buy and read a copy of "Roadcraft" and "The Highway Code" before you take the test. It is unlikely you will pass without doing so. You can purchase them from RoSPA at our shop.

RoSPA's Advanced Driving Test is conducted by RoSPA Examiners, who are former or current police officers. It takes between 1 hour and 1 hour 15 minutes, but this can vary depending on road and traffic conditions. The Examiner will then ask questions to test your understanding of The Highway Code and Roadcraft and you may also be asked some questions about your vehicle.

At the end of the Test candidates who pass are awarded a Gold, Silver or Bronze grade. We understand that local Councils will accept a Bronze grade for taxi and private hire vehicle drivers, but you should check this with your local Council. Candidates who do not reach the Bronze standard will fail the test.

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Please remember, RoSPA's Advanced Driving Test is not a taxi test. Please make sure that it is suitable for your purpose, and that you are prepared, before you book it. You will not be able to claim a refund if you decide that you no longer wish to go head with the test or if you fail to pass the test because you are not properly prepared.