Surrey Driving Force are now offering advanced tuition for aspiring cab drivers, in order that they can pass the Enhanced Hackney Carriage Test.

Learn to drive a Hackney Carriage (Black Cab)

Learn to drive a Hackney Carriage (Black Cab)

What is the Enhanced Hackney Carriage Test?

In order to be a qualified as a licensed Hackney Carriage driver, applicants must pass the above mentioned test. The test is approximately 40 minutes long and will be made up of the following parts:

  • Eyesight (number plate from 20.5 metres)
  • Awareness & anticipation
  • Effective planning of prevailing road & traffic conditions
  • Correct use of speed
  • Emergency stop
  • A manoeuvre involving reversing
  • Hackney Carriage/Private Hire related exercise
  • Passenger safety & comfort
  • Wheelchair access

There will also be an element of the test whereby the driver will be expected to drive for a time without street-by-street instruction from the examiner.

Meet Ray Viner

Ray Viner is an experienced Hackney Carriage instructor, and one of the newest members of the Surrey Driving Force family.

Ray is an experienced Black Cab driving instructor

Ray is an experienced Black Cab driving instructor

He is a Grade 6 Approved Driving Instructor, qualified in 1982, and for the first 18 years taught learner drivers.

In 2000, he qualified as a Black Cab (Hackney Carriage) driver and, since that time, has been giving advanced driving instruction to trainee Black Cab Drivers, providing them with the skill set required to pass the Enhanced Hackney Carriage Test.

Ray’s skill and experience is second to none, and he prides himself in his high success rate

Further Information

If you would like to receive any further information regarding the services available from Surrey Driving Force, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by either calling 0845 190 2012, texting LESSONS to 81066 or emailing