In order to drive a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle you must be a licensed hackney carriage/private hire driver. Any person wishing to become a driver must complete a disability awareness course, enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, Driving Standards Agency test for taxi drivers, a knowledge test and undertake a prevention of Child Sexual Exploitation Course.
Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act came into force on 1st October 2010. The Act brings together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act. Combined, they make up a new Act that provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.
Part 12 of the Act focusses on Disabled Persons Transport; Chapter 1 specifically deals with Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles, drivers and operators.
The Warwick District Council, at its Executive Committee Meeting on 1st November 2017 agreed to adopt the provisions of Part 12 of the Equality Act.
In adopting this legislation, Warwick District Council has had regard to the guidance issued by the Secretary of State under section 167(6) of the Equality Act 2010. The Warwick District Council position on the Act.
- The Equality Act 2010
- The duties placed on drivers under the Act
- The procedure for requesting an exemption under Section 166, 169 or 171 of the Act
- Download a wheelchair passenger exemption application form.
- Download an assistance dog exemption application form.
DVSA equivalent assessment testing
Applicants may take a DSA equivalent test with one of the following providers.
Applicants are advised not to go through any other private providers as only tests carried out by the approved providers or the DVSA will be acceptable. No alternative testing certification will be considered for the Dual Driver application.
The knowledge test consists of:
- English understanding
- Geographical knowledge of Warwick district
This test may only be taken a maximum of three times in a six month period before your application is deemed to be refused.