The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced it will stop providing taxi driving assessments for local councils from 31 December 2016. The assessments are ending as the DVSA seeks to reduce the waiting time for other driving tests for learner drivers which it has a statutory responsibility to provide.
People becoming a taxi driver in around 200 council areas have had to pass a DVSA taxi driving assessment before they qualify. The DVSA carried out 23,000 taxi assessments between April 2015 and March 2016.
As taxi assessments are not required by law they are being brought to an end. The DVSA has issued guidance to local authorities about other organisations that provide the service including road safety charities and driving instructor organisations.