Guidance for driving examiners carrying out driving tests (DT1)

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Annex 5: Taxi test cabology questions & taxi specifications

An annex of DT1 containing taxi test cabology questions & taxi specifications.

A5.01:Example questions

Only the questions in bold print must be used on Black Cab style taxi tests.

Q1: What is the length, width and/or height of the cab you are now with?

A: See taxi specifications below.

Q2: What are the correct tyre pressures for the cab you are now with?

A: See taxi specifications below.

Q3: Whilst driving a taxicab, how would you know if the rear automatic door locking system became inoperative?

A: The warning light on the dashboard will illuminate (green with black key icon).

Q4: If the tyre pressures of the vehicle you are driving are 35psi at the front and 40psi at the rear, what would you consider the correct pressure for the spare to be?

A: 40psi, because it would be easier to deflate than inflate a tyre at the roadside.

Q5: As a Hackney Carriage driver, what is your main responsibility?

A: The safety and comfort of your passengers.

Q6: How would you show consideration for passengers alighting from your vehicle?

A: Stop close to the kerb and avoid proximity to Obstructions (street furniture, trees etc).

Q7: As a licensed taxi driver, what must you carry with you at all times?

A: Cab drivers licence and badge (displayed in a conspicuous place).

Q8: If you found an item of property left in your taxicab, what would you do with it?

A: Hand it into a Police Station within 24 hours.

Q9: What is the minimum legal requirement of a tyre tread depth?

A: 1.6mm.

Q10: If the tyre pressures of the vehicle you are driving are 35psi at the front and 40psi at the rear, what would you consider the correct pressure for the spare to be?

A: 40psi; because it would be easier to deflate than inflate a tyre at the roadside.

Q11: As a Private Hire taxi driver, what is your main responsibility?

A: The safety and comfort of your passengers.

Q12: How would you show consideration for passengers alighting from your vehicle?

A: Stop close to the kerb and avoid proximity to obstructions (street furniture ,trees etc)

A5.02 : Taxi specifications

TX1:

Length 4580mm 180.45in Width (mirrors out) 2036mm 80.22in Height 1834mm 72.26in Tyre pressures: front 35psi rear 40psi

TX11:

As for TX1 except for length, which is: 4575mm 180in

LT1. FX4 Fairway:

Length 4580mm 180.45in Width 1750mm 69in Height 1755mm 69.50in Tyre pressures front 35psi rear 36psi

Metrocab series 3 & TTT:

Length 4505mm 177.38in Width 1770mm 69.69in Height 1755mm 69.50in Tyre pressures: front 38psi rear 38psi