English Language Test deadline delayed again to 2019

The deadline for the private hire industry to comply with TfL’s English Language Test has been extended.

The news came following a meeting between the Licensed Private Hire Car Association (LPHCA) and London Mayor Sadiq Khan yesterday to discuss the requirements from the industry.

It was announced in July last year the tests were to be delayed until July 2018, but this has been extended once again to 30 April 2019.

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A TfL spokesperson said: “We believe that the ability for private hire drivers to be able to communicate at an appropriate level of English is in the interests of passenger safety and provides an enhanced standard of service for passengers.

“After listening to the industry, we are giving drivers more time to provide evidence that they meet the requirement, while we consider revising the English language assessment, so that it reflects areas specifically relevant to the role of a private hire driver. Any changes would remain at Level B1 standard.”

The English Test would require those applying for a Private Hire license to undergo an English language test to prove their abilities and submit the qualification to TfL.

Drivers would be allowed to provide a copy of previously obtained exam certificate demonstrating English language proficiency.

If they can’t locate one, a driver would need to contact their exam board to obtain a copy or, if their exam board no longer exists, they would need to commence a likely minimum eight-week process to try and get hold of a copy from the AQA.

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.

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