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Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing

Knowledge Tests

Before you apply for a Private Hire or Hackney Carriage drivers licence you need to take a Knowledge Test at the Council's offices. This is charged at £25.00 per test and includes one resit, the fee is due at the time of booking the test.

Hackney Carriage Drivers

This is a written test, comprises of 10 questions and will last 45 minutes.

To pass the test you must answer 8 of the 10 questions correctly. On failure of one paper you may book to take another test (maximum 3 attempts).  Should you need to take a third test the full charge must be paid again.

After failing three papers you cannot take another Hackney Carriage Knowledge Test for one year from the date of last test taken.

Private Hire Drivers

Before you apply for a private hire licence you need to take a Knowledge Test at the Council's offices. This is charged at £25.00 per test and includes one resit, the fee is due at the time of booking the test.

This is a written test, comprises of 15 questions and will last 20 minutes.

To pass the test you must answer 12 of the 15 questions correctly. On failure of one paper you may book to take another test (maximum 2 attempts).

After failing two papers you cannot take another Private Hire Knowledge Test for six months from the date of last test taken.

Guidance Notes are available for both types of test.

How to book a Knowledge Test

The tests are conducted at the Municipal Offices every other Tuesday. To book a test, you can: