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Taxi driver theory test

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A new theory test has been introduced for anyone applying to become a taxi driver. It is in two parts. You must have passed both parts of the taxi theory test before you can apply for the practical test.
What happens during the test?

There are two parts to the taxi driver theory test:

multiple choice questions
hazard perception video clips

Multiple choice questions

The multiple choice questions will test your knowledge of road safety and operating as a taxi driver and are based on the following broad topic areas:

  • road procedures and responsibilities/eco-safe driving and the environment
  • traffic signs and signals/vulnerable road users/mechanical knowledge
  • health and safety/legal responsibilities/safe loading of the vehicle
  • customer care/carriage of vulnerable passengers/passenger safety and comfort

The pass mark for the multiple choice questions is 80 out of 100. However, you must show that you have a broad knowledge in all topic areas by achieving a score of at least 19 in each of the four topic areas listed above.

To prepare for the multiple choice part of the theory test you should refer to the following link:

Click here for more infromation about theory test

The hazard perception test

This will test your ability to: scan the road recognise from the clues that a potentially dangerous situation might arise adopt a driving plan to reduce the risk During the test you will be shown 14 video clips which feature every day road scenes. In each clip there will be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards.

To achieve a high score you will need to respond to the developing hazard during the early stages. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five. Drivers need to recognise available clues and perceive danger no matter what vehicle they use. For this reason, the same version of the hazard perception test is used for all categories of test.

The pass mark for the hazard perception test is 57 or more out of a possible 75. A taxi driver licence will only be issued once all requirements have been met. Where a licence is not issued, a refund will not be available for any taxi driver theory and taxi driver practical tests that have been conducted.

More useful links

Documents to bring to your driving theory test
Where are the theory test centres
The hazard perception test explained
Taking your theory test

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Drew Purdy School Of Motoring Ballymoney. A.D.I, D.V.A, and D.O.E approved driving instructor. My school of motoring was established in 1983. At School Of Motoring Ballymoney, I will teach you throught a series of sessions on road, on pre-defined routes particularly chosen to give the learner a comprehensive experience on driving in various road and traffic conditions.


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