Issue details

Private Hire / Taxi Licensing English Language Test Fee

On 11 December 2018 the Licensing Committee agreed the arrangements for the introduction of a telephone based English language testing system for taxi and private hire drivers.  Specifically, new licence applicants, who do not hold a recognised qualification, and those existing drivers where concerns are identified in relation to their communication skills, are required to take the test.


Tests are purchased by the Council in advance, and must be used within one year.  There are discounts available for bulk purchases, as detailed in the published report at


It is intended that applicants will take the test at the Council’s offices under the supervision of a member of Council staff, to ensure the integrity of the assessment process.  For most applicants this will be at the same time that they attend the Council offices to provide proof of identity and other documents to support their application.


Details on the fee proposal and background are also included in the published report.


The fee will be reviewed each year as part of the usual budget setting process and will consider the number of new applications (post implementation), in order to achieve the best bulk discount price moving forward.

Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 08/02/2019

Decision due: 15 Feb 2019 by Cabinet Member for Waste and Licensing

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Waste and Licensing

Lead director: Director

Contact: Simon Gallacher, Principal Licensing Officer Email: