We sent you an email earlier today concerning the fact that we have had confirmation, from both the Department for Transport and the DVSA, that taxi assessments will not be conducted after 31 December. Any bookings made and a slot allocated before that date will go ahead.
There seems to be some confusion on this point: the DVSA test is for taxi driving; nothing to do with vehicle testing. Those of you whose councils already mandate the DVSA taxi driving test will know exactly what we’re referring to.
As far as vehicle testing is concerned, that is still very much a local issue regulated by local conditions on the vehicle licence.
No doubt licensing authorities will be considering how to account for this development in their policies over the coming weeks. If your licensing authority currently mandates the DVSA taxi driving test as a pre-condition of being granted a taxi or PHV licence – or indeed requires this for existing licence holders as well – you may wish to approach the council and make enquiries as to their future plans and requirements.
As always, we welcome your reaction and input on this matter; we have endeavoured to advise you as soon as we got confirmation.
Thank you for keeping in touch.
Donna D Short (Mrs)
National Private Hire Association