TAXI drivers face a new test before they can get behind the wheel in Huddersfield.
Kirklees Council announced yesterday that would-be cabbies will have to pass the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) exam.
Council licensing chief Clr Christine Iredale said: “Taxi drivers used to have to take a test with our licensing officers, most of whom do not have an advanced driving qualification. All the DSA examiners are advanced drivers.
“Improving the safety of everyone using taxis is of paramount importance. This is an excellent way of ensuring drivers are of a high standard.”
The new test will be tailored to taxi drivers. Clr Iredale said: “There will be questions that are not on the normal driving test, such as how to put a wheelchair into the vehicle.”
New private hire and Hackney cab drivers in Kirklees will have to take the test, which will be carried out in Huddersfield and Heckmondwike.
Clr Iredale said: “If a driver fails, their case will have to go back to committee and we will decide whether to give them a second chance. We may also send existing drivers to sit the test if they get too many points on their licence.”