Test Information – Edinburgh Taxi School Information


What do I need to be an Edinburgh based Taxi Driver?

All you need to do is follow this link to Edinburgh Government’s website for a detailed explanation of what you need: Taxi Driver Licences.

I have paraphrased the information found on their website below:


Taxi Driver Licensing Information


In terms of the Civic Government ( Scotland ) Act 1982, The City of Edinburgh Council requires all vehicles operating as a Taxi or a Private Hire Car to be licensed. Drivers of these vehicles also require to hold a separate Taxi or Private Hire Car Driver’s Licence.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I need a Licence?
Yes, if you wish to drive a Edinburgh Taxi.
What conditions apply to a Licence?
Each licence issued is subject to standard conditions that are imposed on all Taxi Drivers licensed by Edinburgh Council. In addition to the standard conditions, a licence may also contain special conditions that are only applicable to your licence.
Are you eligible to apply?
An applicant must have held an appropriate DVLA driver’s licence for a minimum of 12 months.
How do I Apply?
Applicants must complete the Taxi Driver’s application form and bring it to the Licensing Section along with the supporting documentation to and the correct fee. A photograph will be taken.
What information do I need to provide?
The information detailed on the application form and all parts of your DVLA driver’s licence.
How long does a licence last?
A new licence will last for a period of one year. Renewal licences will normally be renewed on a three yearly basis.

Application Process

How is the application dealt with?
You will be required to complete the following prior to grant of licence:

  • 1. Topographical Test (knowledge of the city test)
  • 2. Satisfactory Medical Examination
  • 3. Satisfactory Police Vetting
  • 4. Licensing Conditions and Road Safety Issues
  • 5. Wheelchair Access & Disability Awareness

Stages 4 & 5, above, are modules of the Taxi Driver Skills Development Programme at Telford College.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are examples of the Topographical test papers available?
Yes. An example of a recent topographical test paper is available which may help applicants to familiarise themselves with the layout in preparation for a test. Please note this is an example and not a copy of the actual paper you may be asked to sit. Test Paper Example
How long will it take to process my application?
It can take up to six months but the Council will process straight forward applications sooner.
Is my application granted automatically?
No. If Edinburgh Council fails to make a decision within six months of receipt of the application, the licence is deemed to be granted.
What can I do if my application is refused?
Within 28 days of the date of the decision you can request the Council to give you a statement of the reasons for their decision.
Within 28 days of the decision you may have a right of appeal to Edinburgh Sheriff.
What if I am unhappy with a condition imposed?
Within 28 days of the decision you may have a right of appeal to Edinburgh Sheriff.


What next?

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