Changes to the Topographical Skills Test August 27, 2016 – Posted in: Private Hire News – Tags: , , , ,

Changes to the PCO licence application process


New mandatory requirements are going to be implemented to the PCO Private Hire driver license towards the end of September 2016 and 1st October 2016. We have spoken about the changes for a while now and they are now becoming reality, so it is very important that existing and future applicants of the private hire license take notice of the changes

What are the new PCO licensing rules?

1: English Language Requirement

Drivers who are not UK Citizens looking to get or renew their private hire licence from 1st of October 2016 will need to provide a B1 English Language Ceritificate. Drivers who are citizens of UK or the from the list of countries below will NOT need to provide proof of English language.

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • The Bahamas
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA

How do I get a B1 English Certificate

To get your B1 English language certificate you will need to pass the required exams which may include, Reading & writing in English and Speaking & Listening in English. We will be offering courses and testing once full details have been published by TfL. There will be a fee for training depending on how much training is required and then there will be a test with an accredited examiner who will then submit your test to the accrediting body to issue you a B1 English Language certificate.

2: NEW Topographical Skills Test

This will most likely begin towards the end of September 2016. The new test will still be taken at our topographical test centre but invigilated by a Transport for London Topographical Skills Assessor. This will be conducted in an exam room with exam conditions. The new test will need to be booked directly through TfL (information on booking will be available once new topographical skills test begins).

The other change to the topographical skills test is that it will now have additional modules which are listed below.

  • Topographical Skills (current 5 modules)
  • Driver Responsibilities
  • Disability Awareness
  • Safegaurding
  • Safer Urban Driving

Our centre will offer a full NEW topographical skills training course, which you can take before the test to help you learn all the new and existing modules. Prices for training will be released closer to time.

You can still do the current Topographical Test

You can do the current topographical skills test up until the new topographical skills test is officially implemented. Give us a call on 020 8088 1230 or fill in the form below.

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