Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Knowledge test


Change to knowledge test format as of 1st May 2020: 

As of 1st May 2020 the knowledge test that applicants for driver licenses (private hire and Hackney Carriage) have to pass will be changing format. 
The test itself will consist out of 30 multiple choice questions. There will be 4 sections in the test:
  • section 1 will be 15 questions based on the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy 2019 (pdf) and the laws relating to PH and HC licensing - the pass mark for this section will be 100%. This means that an applicant must answer ALL questions in this section correctly - if any question is incorrect then this will be an automatic failure of the entire test
  • section 2 will be 5 questions based on numeracy  -  the pass mark for this section will be 80%
  • section 3 will be 5 questions based on the High Way code - the pass mark for this section will be 80%
  • section 4 will be 5 questions based on routes and locations of places within Three Rivers District area - the pass mark for this section will be 80% 

Private hire driver/operator and Hackney Carriage driver knowledge test 

As part of an application for a Private Hire/Hackney Carriage Driver’s Licence or a Private Hire Operator Licence candidates are required to pass a written knowledge test. 

PLEASE NOTE: This test can only be booked once an application has been submitted to the Licensing Department.

This test will cover knowledge of the local area, the Highway Code, as well as legislation and requirements relating to a hackney carriage and private hire, and the Council’s policy.

There are no specimen tests to view or study. This is because we want our licensed drivers to have a genuine and thorough knowledge of the subject areas being tested and we do not consider this can be properly achieved or gauged where applicants are able to memorise a select number of questions and answers. We do however have a knowledge test guidance note (pdf), giving an overview of the content to assist applicants in preparing for the test.

Links to useful guidance 

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 (Part II)

The Town Police Clauses Act 1847 (sections 37 onwards)

Booking a test

All knowledge test bookings are made online. To book a test please follow this link . Please select either 'Licensing:Book a knowledge test' or Licensing:Cancellation or amendment to a knowledge test booking' from the list of services. Please note that you will need to create an account first if you do not already have one. 

The knowledge tests are held at Three Rivers District Council Offices, Northway, Rickmansworth, WD3 1RL. There is a car park situated directly outside our offices, as well as on Northway. Please note that the car parks are pay and display.

Please note:

  • Any person found cheating will be disqualified from the test and not permitted to make another application for a period of one year.
  • No maps/mapbooks/notes are allowed to be consulted during the test.
  • The results are final and we will not enter into any discussion regarding the outcome of the test.
  • The test invigilator will not be able to able to help you read the questions or answers, or to give any assistance with answering the questions. If you have any other queries or problems, please raise your hand and the invigilator will come over to assist you.