Want to drive a Taxi or Private Hire car in Exeter or East Devon? You may need to brush up on your driving skills.

The Practical Taxi Test/assessment

Before you can drive a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Car for reward you must pass a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire test. These tests are held at DSA test centres by DSA driving examiners. To help you prepare for the Taxis Test and to make sure you familiarise yourself with the format of the Taxis Test David Underhill Driver Training can provide some coaching sessions. This will help ensure before you take the Taxis Test that your driving is to the correct standard to pass the Taxis Test. The DSA strongly recommended that you take professional instruction prior to taking the Taxis Test.

The Taxi Test is reflective of modern driving practices. The standard for the Taxis Test is set higher than the Learner driver test; this can only be expected as you are a full driving license holder, applying to become a professional driver.

When you take your Taxis Test you must take with you a roadworthy suitable vehicle, which must include head restraints and seat belts. You could if necessary rent our car if you have used our car whilst receiving your coaching from us.

The Eyesight Test


At the start of your Taxis Test you will be asked to read in good daylight (with the aid of glasses or contact lenses if worn) a registration plate, normally fixed to a motor vehicle with letters and figures 79.4 millimetres high at a distance of 20.5 metres (20 metres for a new style number plate). If you fail the eyesight test, you will be unable to take the driving part but will still be able to continue with the wheelchair section.

The Practical Test


The practical test will last for about 40 minutes, depending on traffic. During the test you should drive in a natural way, and should not adjust your driving to what you may feel the examiner would expect to see. The examiner will give you clear instructions which you should follow throughout the test.

During the practical test, you will be examined on the following;

  • Awareness and anticipation
  • Effective planning of prevailing road and traffic conditions
  • Correct use of speed
  • The emergency stop
  • A manoeuvre involving reversing
  • A Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Car related exercise
  • Passenger safety and comfort

The Wheelchair Exercise

If you are taking the Taxi Test with the wheelchair exercise you should also be able to:

Demonstrate your ability to securely erect the wheelchair ramps, floor ramp etc, safely install the wheelchair in your vehicle, secure seat belts/safety harness and also secure any wheel belts/clamps fitted to your vehicle, reverse the process by taking off the belts, harnesses and clamps, taking the wheelchair out of the vehicle and putting the ramps away.

Highway Code and Cabology

You will be expected to answer question on the Highway Code at the end of the practical assessment, as well as some questions more specific to being a Taxis driver.

At the end of the assessment

On passing the assessment you will receive: a pass certificate and if you would like one, a debrief, a copy of the assessment form and you will receive a TPH10 certificate. If you pass the wheelchair element you will receive a WTA10 certificate.

If you fail the Taxis Test you will receive: the offer of a debrief, an assessment copy, training advice.

If you fail the taxi practical test you may retake the test again at a later date. You must, however, wait a minimum period of three clear working days between appointments. There is no limit to the number of times you can take the test.