You need to book and pay for all vehicle tests and retests via the online booking system.
The online system means that you won’t receive a pre-booked date for vehicle tests through the post. The vehicle test will be paid for at the time of booking online, it will no longer be part of the renewal fee application.
Please note, you can view the Vehicle Test Information and Appeals Process here. A copy of the emissions questionnaire is available from surgery drop-in or at the Test Centre.
Already have a vehicle test booking?
If you already have a vehicle test arranged, you don’t need to do anything. If you need to rearrange or cancel this booking you will need to contact Taxi Licensing Business Support who will do this for you.
Making an appointment for a vehicle test
For new vehicle tests – You will need to make an appointment in surgery. At this point a vehicle test booking will be made for you and payment taken.
For all other vehicle tests – You will have been issued with a unique vehicle reference number. You will not be able to book a test without it, so please keep it safe.
The reference number cannot be given over the phone, should you lose it you will need to come in to a drop-in session in surgery and provide ID to obtain it.
To book a vehicle test, please click on the ‘Book a Taxi Vehicle Test’ in the Apply For It section.
Please note, it is your responsibility to ensure that you book the correct vehicle test type and within the required timescales and mileage. Your vehicle will be turned away from the test centre if it is presented for test outside of these parameters.
Failure to ensure that your vehicle has passed the test by these dates will result in either the suspension of your vehicle or expiry of your licence. This will mean that the vehicle will not be licensed and you will commit a criminal offence if you use it for licensed work.
Guide to future test due dates
You will need to familiarise yourself with your 6 month test due date and the date of expiry of your licence. We have developed a 'Guide to Vehicle Test Due Dates' which gives the 6 and 12 month test due dates based on the issue date of the licence. You can view this guide in the Related Documents section.
You must take into account any weekends or bank holidays when calculating your due dates. If the due date falls on a weekend or bank holiday you must ensure that the vehicle has passed its test before that time.