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Advanced driving qualification

All candidates will be required to successfully complete an advanced taxi driving qualification or assessment which has been approved by us. These qualifications or assessments, which involve a practical assessment by DVSA-accredited driving assessors, will look at your driving ability and style, including how safely you drive and how well you observe the rules and laws of the highway.

The DVSA is no longer providing tests for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Applicants. The following will be considered as appropriate alternatives to the DSA Test previously required:

  • Green Penny - info@greenpenny.co.uk  www.greenpenny.co.uk    0330 111 7230
    • Since the announcement from the government that driving lessons/tests etc. can recommence from July 4th, we have started to conduct taxi driving assessments again. Availability for the vast majority of our locations is showing on our website with immediate effect. We have put measures in place for the safety of the candidate and assessor, to ensure any contact is kept to a minimum. These precautions are available to download on the taxi page of our website and is also sent to candidates in the confirmation email. Covid-19 guidance for Green Penny applicants (pdf)
  • Blue Lamp Trust   - info@bluelamptrust.org.uk    www.bluelamptrust.org.uk    0333 700 0157
    • Blue Lamp commenced appointments on 6th July - please see FAQ's re Covid-19 guidance

You are responsible for arranging a test, and for providing your own vehicle for the test. Please contact the provider for details of charges. Please note that the test certificate will only be accepted if it is dated within 12 months of the completion of all stages of the application process.

Some insurers may offer discounts on taxi and motor insurance products to holders of the above qualifications - please contact your broker to check.