City Council are to be assessed by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA)
before being given licences to drive cabs.
The launch of taxi testing will take place at Carlisle Driving Test
Centre on 1 June, when councillors and officials will meet to mark
Specially trained driving examiners will be assessing the ability of
the applicants to drive safely and professionally in a 'real'
Successful candidates receive a certificate of competence and
The tests will be carried out at driving test centres in Carlisle and
Workington and include manoeuvres designed specifically with the
operational taxi driver in mind. The taxi test is set at higher
standard than the practical test for learner drivers; the assessment
ensures the competence of an applicant to drive passengers in safety
and comfort. Specifically designed test routes are being used and the
Driving Standards Agency will ensure that a uniformed and
consistently high standard of taxi testing is maintained.
1. The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is an executive agency of
the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
(DETR) and is part of the Driver, Vehicle and Operator (DVO) group
of organisations within DETR.
2. The Agency's aim is to promote road safety through advancing
driving standards, testing drivers and riders fairly and
efficiently, maintaining the registers of Approved Driving
Instructors and Large Goods Vehicle Instructors and supervising
basic training for learner motorcyclists.
3. The DSA HQ is in Nottingham and there are five area offices, which manage 430
practical test centres across Britain.
4. DSA news is available on this website.