Taxi compliance testing

Vehicles need to have passed a compliance test before they can be used a Private Hire or Hackney Carriage vehicle.

What is a taxi compliance test?

This is a mechanical inspection of a vehicle carried out to DVSA, MOT standards as a minimum. It is to ensure a vehicle is roadworthy and safe to use. There are also additional requirements to meet standards for passenger comfort and safety.

For further information, please read: PDFVehicle compliance test information [PDF 138KB]

How do I book a taxi compliance test?

You can book a compliance test at the Licensing office at Battinson Road Depot, or by phoning: 01422 264327.

Note: Payment is required when you book the test.

For the compliance test fee, see: licence fees .

Please book your appointment well in advance of the due date. This will allow time to undertake any repairs should the vehicle fail its test.

On the day of your test

Take your vehicle to:

Location details


Battinson Road Depot
Battinson Road


Phone: 01422 264327


  • Arrive 5 minutes before the test is due and park your vehicle in one of the two signed MOT parking bays; and
  • report to reception where you will be given further instructions.

Note: Please do not enter the main garage without reporting in.

Missed or cancelled appointments

If you miss an appointment for a compliance test, your fee will not be reimbursed.

Refunds will only be given if you give 24 hours notice that you want to cancel an appointment.

Failed tests

Your vehicle will need to be retested if it fails the compliance test.

For the retest fee, see: licence fees .

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