What will happen on your Assessment

Please read the following information carefully

You must bring the following items to your assessment:

  • an appropriately insured and taxed / licensed vehicle suitable for the assessment WITH NO DASHBOARD WARNING LIGHTS SHOWING
  • your appointment letter
  • a UK/NI photo card licence with a printout of your DVSA record
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  • a full British old style paper licence and current passport
  • a current recognisable EU licence and current passport if there is no photo on the licence.

If you do not bring your documents, your assessment may not be conducted and you may lose your fee.

At the Driving Test Centre





If your car has a front passenger seat you will need to provide an adjustable interior mirror for the use of the examiner.

What will happen on your assessment?

To pass you are allowed up to 9 driving faults. If you get 10 or more driving faults you will fail. Any serious or dangerous fault will be immediately recorded as a failure but the assessment will still continue until you return to the test centre.

The taxi assessment is is based on modern driving practices and the standard is set at a level suitable for full driving licence holders. It is important that you do not adjust your driving to what you may feel the examiner would expect to see, please drive as you would normally

You may be asked to complete an emergency stop, i.e demonstrate that you stop the vehicle in an emergency promptly and under control (avoid skidding).

You will be asked to carry out two manoeuvres one of which will be your own choice, e.g reverse around a corner. In both cases 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 and pedestrians.

You will be asked on a number of occasions to pull up on the left at a safe and convenient place, as if a fare is either going to get in or out of your vehicle. Avoid parking next to lampposts and trees - this could be potentially hazardous for your passenger.

Whenever you have been stationary at the side of the road, remember your important safety check - check your blind spot (look over your right shoulder) before pulling away.

You need to use all your mirrors effectively (interior and exterior) and at the appropriate times. You should demonstrate that you are aware of what is happening around your vehicle at all times.

You need to signal correctly and in good time to let other road users know your intention - other road users need to see and understand what you plan to do.

You will be expected to understand and obey traffic signs and road markings, as they are there to help you anticipate and plan your journey. You will also need to see and react to signals given by the police, traffic wardens etc. and signals given by other road users.

You must be able to show your ability to make progress when the speed signs and the road and traffic conditions dictate it is safe to do so. Equally it is important to demonstrate that you recognise and comply when in lower speed limit areas.

You need to watch your separation distance from the vehicle in front and also your separation distance from parked cars.

You need to use sound judgement and planning when overtaking, meeting oncoming vehicles and when turning right in front of oncoming traffic. At no time be in a situation where you cause another vehicle to brake or swerve to avoid you.

You should demonstrate that you are aware of other road users at all times; plan ahead, predict how the actions of others will affect your driving and react in good time. Be aware of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists,motorcyclists etc. and act in good time, rather than at the last moment.

Any Questions? Call us on 01384 442233.