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Potential Taxi Drivers!

Are you Training to be a Licensed Taxi Driver?

Turn-2-us can help with your Private Hire Hackney Carriage Test.

Many Borough Councils have required Potential Taxi Drivers to pass a Driving Test as one of the Qualifications in becoming licensed for many years. Medway Council introduced the requirement in March 2007, more recently Swale Council introduced the requirement in April 2009.

At Turn-2-Us we have several instructors experienced in helping prepare drivers for the Private Hire Test. One holds a Hackney licence within Swale; one is an ex- London black cab driver and the third holds a Diamond Accredited Taxi driver trainer certificate.

As long as you are within the region we cover we can help prepare you for the test

Below you will find advice on taking a Taxi Test:

·         The standard is set at a level suitable to a full licence holder which is higher than the learner driver test. It is important that you have refreshed your knowledge of the Highway Code and are familiar with your vehicle.

·         To pass you are permitted up to nine driving faults, any serious or dangerous faults would be immediately recorded as a failure, the test will still continue finally returning to the test centre. The duration of the test is the same as for learner drivers.

·         You will be asked to carry a taxi manoeuvre which will be your own choice. You will be expected to demonstrate your ability to manoeuvre your vehicle under control and with good all round effective observations giving consideration to other road users including pedestrians.

·         You will be asked on a number of occasions to pull up on the left at a safe convenient place, if a fare is getting in or out you need to avoid parking next to lamp posts and trees as this could be potentially hazardous for your passenger.

This is only a brief insight into what the examiner is looking for during a taxi test. Additionally you must reach the eyesight requirements, be able to answer questions from the Highway Code and the Cabology questions For example:

·         If the tyre pressures of the vehicle you are driving are 35psi at the front and 40psi at the rear, what would you consider the correct pressure for the spare to be?          

We have been helping prepare drivers for the Taxi Test for 7 years, so if you need help Turn-2-Us.

We are open until 10pm, 7 days a week you can telephone text or e-mail for further information.  All the details are listed above or on our contact page.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA
Pass Plus is a training course specifically aimed at new drivers
SAFED - Safe and fuel-efficient driving
The Federation of Small Businesses
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