Private Hire Taxi Drivers

English Language Tests for Private Hire Drivers

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that an English language requirement applies to all applications for private hire drivers licences received by TfL on, or after, 14 October 2016. This includes applications for both renewal and new licences. The B1 English exam include Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.  The applicants have until 30 September 2021 to provide evidence that they comply with the English language requirement (ELR).

Anyone applying for a new licence or seeking to renew their licence on or after 1 October 2021 will need to satisfy the English language requirement before a licence will be granted.

Examples of suitable evidence

This is a list of examples of suitable evidence you can supply to prove you meet the requirement. The list is not exhaustive. The subject of the qualification does not matter as long as it was taught in English.

  • UK GCSE/O level (or equivalent) certificate at grades A* to G
  • UK AS-Level/A level certificate
  • UK NVQ*/B-Tech/City & Guilds qualification, along with confirmation from the awarding body that the qualification provided is equivalent to GCSE or above (for example, a Blue Badge Guide qualification)
  • UK BA Hons, BSc Hons degree or higher i.e. master’s, PhD
  • UK HNC/HND qualification
  • SELT certificate at B1 level or higher, issued by Trinity College London or IELTS showing proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening

Updated list of suitable qualifications from February 2017  for Private Hire  Drivers to meet the English Language Requirement:

A qualification in English as a second language or as a foreign language English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) qualifications are designed to assess the English language skills of those who don’t have English as a first language. Different ESOL qualifications can assess different skill areas (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) within the English language.

If you have a certificate for a ESOL or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) qualification that proves proficiency in all four skill areas, your level of English may be sufficient. You will be need to provide your original qualification certificate.

Some examples of certificates that TfL will consider as proof  for the English language requirements are:

• ESOL Skills for Life (Entry Level 3, Level 1, Level 2)

• Functional Skills qualifications in English (Entry Level 3, Level 1, Level 2)

• International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Cambridge English Language Assessment

• Cambridge English: First (FCE) • Trinity College: Integrated Skills in English (ISE 1)




Option 1:

ESOL Skills for Life (Entry Level 3, Level 1, Level 2)

Exam days- every Wednesday & Sunday

Registration, Preparation and Exam-  £300

Certificate received within 10 days

Option 2:

Functional Skills qualifications in English (Entry Level 3, Level 1, Level 2)

Training, Registration and online Exam in our college

Fee- £300

Certificate received within 10 days

Both options are accepted by TfL to satisfy the English Language Requirement

Please contact us on 0203 642 8555 for FREE Initial Assessment to check your level of English.

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