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To become a taxi (or private hire) driver most local authorities require you to take a Taxi Driver Assessment.

What is the taxi driver assessment?

The assessment costs £80 and lasts around 45 minutes. It includes:
- an eyesight test
- a vehicle check
- driving on different types of roads
- parking and taxi-style manoeuvres
- Highway Code questions
- ‘cabology’ questions about the responsibilities of being a taxi driver

The driving part of the assessment checks that you can start and stop smoothly, and can use the gears, brakes, steering, signalling and mirrors correctly.

We ask you to stop and start at the side of the road safely, and turn round in the road, as if you were driving a taxi.

Taxi Assessments are undertaken in English (interpreters are not allowed).

For more detail about the vehicle and what to expect during the assessment, please read carefully Taxi Assessment Candidate Information.

Are you ready for the assessment?

Many people fail the assessment because it’s been a long time since they passed their driving test.

If this could be you, and you don’t want to waste money, we recommend doing our taxi driver pre-assessment training first.

Is your car ready?

Your car must be taxed, insured and have an MOT if it needs one. It must have legal tyres, no warning lights showing, clean windows and mirrors, and be completely legal and roadworthy.

For more detail about the vehicle check, see Taxi driver assessment candidate information Taxi Assessment Candidate Information.

Where do the assessments take place?

You may complete an assessment at ANY of the venues below to meet requirements for all Greater Manchester council areas:

  • Bolton
    Bolton Arena, Arena Approach, Horwich, BL6 6LB

  • Bury
    Burger King (Bury), Bridge Hall Lane, Bury, BL9 7PJ

  • Manchester
    McDonald’s (Harpurhey), Walter Street, Harpurhey, M9 4DH

  • Oldham
    KFC (Failsworth), Sisson Street, Failsworth, M35 0FF

  • Rochdale
    McDonald’s (Rochdale), Kingsway Retail Park, Rochdale, OL16 5AF

  • Salford
    McDonald’s (Broughton), Bury New Road, Salford, M7 2YN

  • Stockport
    Asda (Reddish), Manchester Road, Stockport, SK4 1TN

  • Tameside
    McDonald's (Denton), Crown Point Shopping Park, Denton, M34 3JP

  • Trafford
    Carrington Business Park, Manchester Road, Carrington, M31 4DD

  • Wigan
    McDonald’s (Wigan), Gower Street, Wigan, WN5 9AD

Assessments at each venue are subject to availabilty.

You’ll need:

  • your photocard driving licence, or a paper licence with separate photo identification.

If you’re late, or don’t have the right documents, you won’t be able to take the assessment and will lose the fee.

If you pass the assessment, you’ll get a certificate. You need this when you apply for your taxi driver licence. If you fail, we’ll tell you where you went wrong. Consider taxi driver pre-assessment training before trying again.

To book your course you will need:

  1. Your driving licence number. If you have lost your licence, apply for a new licence.

  2. To pay £80 with one of these cards: VISA, MASTERCARD, MAESTRO

  3. To be aware of our terms and conditions.

Booking your assessment:

You can book your assessment by phone or online. It costs £80.

  • Book by phone

Phone 0300 123 1518, 8.30am to 3pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays).
Have your driving licence and debit or credit card with you.

  • Book online

1. Assessment Provider

The assessment is administered and delivered by DriveSafe on behalf of the referring Local Authority.

2. Assessment Fees

The assessment fee must be paid in full at the time of booking by debit/credit card. If you are unable to attend the assessment date, you must contact us immediately to arrange an alternative date. Under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013, you have the right to cancel your assessment within 14 days (the “Cancellation Period”) from the date on which you booked the assessment. However, your right to cancel and obtain a full refund will be lost if you book an assessment date during the Cancellation Period. If you cancel your assessment with less than 7 days notice your assessment fee will be lost.

3. Identification

It is essential you bring your photocard driving licence to the assessment. If you do not have a photocard style driving licence, you must bring your paper style licence and a passport or similar photographic means of identification. We can only accept original identification (electronic copies or photocopies cannot be accepted). Should you be unable to produce the required documentation, you will be turned away from your assessment. It is an offence to attempt to illegally misrepresent the true identity of another driver of a motor vehicle by attending the assessment in place of someone else.

4. Failure to Attend

If you fail to attend an assessment, or are refused entry to your assessment if you are unable to produce the required documentation, it is possible to offer you an alternative assessment date. This is subject to payment of an additional fee of £80.00.

Late arrivals will not be allowed to participate. We recommend that you locate the venue prior to the assessment date. You must arrive promptly at the stated time on the day of the assessment.

5. Assessment Checklist

An assessment checklist will be provided. It is recommended you use this checklist to ensure you will be allowed to participate.

Please ensure your vehicle is road worthy (tyre tread, all lights are working etc). It is a condition that you present yourself in a fit state, having had proper rest and not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

To pass your assessment you must complete the driving licence and identity check, the eyesight test, ensure your vehicle is road worthy, successfully complete the drive and correctly answer any Highway Code and ‘Cabology’ questions asked.

However, any abusive or inappropriate language, threatening or disruptive behaviour towards our examiners will result in you being turned away from your assessment.

6. Assessment Cancellation

In the unlikely event we are unable to deliver an assessment due to reasons beyond our control, we will reschedule your assessment as soon as possible at no additional cost to you. DriveSafe shall not be liable for any fees, costs and/or expenses incurred as a result of a cancelled assessment.