looking to become a Taxi/private hire driver?
We can help
you achieve your goal by providing your Taxi Assessment.
For further information see: https://beta.southglos.gov.uk/apply-to-be-a-taxi-and-private-hire-driver
To provide quality assessment to potential hackney carriage and private hire drivers who hold a valid full UK driving licence or EU driving licence.
Ensure the assessment is centred around safety and customer care to the residents of South Gloucestershire and visitors to the district.
To test and certify suitable candidates in conjunction with South Gloucestershire Council’s driver application process in granting them a licence.
Driving assessment fees are £85 per assessment on a weekday (Monday to Friday), or £95 after 5pm on a weekday or at weekends).
Driving assessment and Wheelchair assessment (candidate must provide a wheelchair accessible vehicle, wheelchair, ramps and clamps) £100
Wheelchair assessment only (loading and unloading) will be charged for at a cost of £30 (candidate must provide a wheelchair accessible vehicle, wheelchair, ramps and clamps). The candidate will need to demonstrate their ability to assist the client accessing/exiting the vehicle.
Use the current DVSA / ADI principles to ensure quality assessment is delivered.
To test suitable candidates that intend to complete the South Gloucestershire Council driver application process, using the DVSA practical taxi driving assessment format. E.g. a candidate must drive to a high standard and have no more than 9 minor faults, no serious or dangerous faults and complete at least 2 manoeuvres.
In addition, each candidate will be asked questions relating to checks on their vehicles to ensure they are roadworth.
Questions relating to passenger comfort and safety.
Questions relating to the Highway code.
If successful, the candidate will be issued with a certificate provided by Drive53.com as having successfully completed the driving assessment practical test.
Should the assessment not take place due to any fault of Drive53, the candidate will be offered a full refund of the assessment fee or another assessment date within 14 days. If the candidate cancels the assessment within 48 hours of the assessment date, then no refund will be given.
Appeals and re-tests:
Should the candidate fail the assessment they will be able to take another test or appeal against the decision of the examiner.