Council moves quickly to replace DVSA tests which were cancelled last year, 2016
The tests will replace the former Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) assessment tests, which used to be compulsory for new taxi drivers but are longer being run nationally.
The new assessments will follow the same format, lasting around 45 minutes and will include an eyesight test, practical driving assessment, along with drivers’ knowledge of road signs, markings and the Highway Code will also be reviewed.
Anyone who wishes to register as a new taxi driver in the Dudley borough will need to pass the test, which costs £79.66 – the same as the former DVSA price.
Shaz Saleem, the chairman of the Dudley Private Hire and Taxi Association, has welcomed the move, saying “nothing is more important than ensuring safety” but has said he it “a little unsure of the price”.
He added: “The new testers are not proper DVSA testers so charging the same price may be disputed.”
Councillor Hilary Bills, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “It is very important to us that we do all we can to ensure people are safe when they hire a taxi in Dudley borough.
“Our policy on licensing taxi drivers is in accordance with the Department of Transport’s best practice guidelines and the test is required as part of the overall standards expected in the interests of public safety.
“We are adopting the current principles outlined in the former DVSA test and our officers performing the tests have a number of years experience in carrying out driving assessments. “They also hold an A1 Assessor qualification, which is approved by the DVSA and is sufficient to ensure a safe standard of taxi driving.”
Any drivers who want to find out more about the test should call 01384 815101.