Taxi vehicle inspection testing

Taxi vehicle inspection testing

Types of taxi vehicle inspection tests, how to book an appointment, how to prepare and a price list

Coronavirus (COVID-19) booking notice:

Call 0117 903 6319 to book your test and make payments.
You can book up to two weeks in advance and then pay anytime up to the day before your test.

You must collect a receipt from the reception and show this at the MOT test bay.

If you’re experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms do not attend your appointment. Follow the latest advice and information on GOV.UK.

How to book a taxi vehicle inspection test

We work by appointment only, call 0117 9036319. You’ll need to give us a week’s notice.

We’ll ask for the following information:

  • vehicle registration
  • taxi number (if applicable)
  • surname
  • telephone number
  • make and model of vehicle
  • mileage

Taxi vehicle inspection test fees

Hackney Carriage, Private Hire Vehicle Test:
Test fee: £25
Retest fee: £25 (if applicable)

New Taxi inspection Test, under 500 miles:
Test fee: £60

New Taxi inspection Test, over 500 miles:
Test fee: £25

Missed Test fee (if not cancelled within 24 hours):
Test fee: £50
Retest fee: £25

Cosmetic Retest: Free

Duplicate inspection Paperwork: £5


Before the test

Because of COVID19 precautions, before you visit us for your test you must:

  • come alone. Do not bring pets, children or other persons with you
  • make sure your vehicle is clean and free from any unhygienic matter such as used tissues, gloves or wipes
  • remain outside for the test. There may be no shelter available, please come prepared for the weather

Attending your MOT test

When you visit us for your test, you will need to:

  • make sure you arrive 10 minutes before your appointment
  • drive to the test centre and park in a lane. Your engine must be at its normal operating temperature for the test
  • get out the vehicle before it enters the test lane. Our staff will take the vehicle to clean it and carry out the full test
  • if you can’t get out of the vehicle, call us on 0117 9036319, we can make alternative arrangements
  • your vehicle will be sanitised after the test but please bring your own sanitiser and/or wipes to clean and sanitise all internal surfaces after the test

Where a licensed vehicle is presented for inspection the driver must produce their valid Bristol City Council private hire or hackney carriage driver licence at the time of the appointment. 

Failure to produce a valid licence will result in the inspection being cancelled. The inspection fee will not be refunded.

Taxi vehicle inspections at fleet services follow the Vehicle Inspection Standards on behalf our licensing team. Guidance on this can be found within the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy (pdf, 1.2MB) (opens new window) .

Opening hours

We're open:

Monday, 7am to 5pm
Tuesday, 7am to 5pm
Wednesday, 7am to 5pm
Thursday, 7am to 5pm
Friday, 7am to 4.30pm
Saturday, closed
Sunday, closed

Find us

We’re on:

Sandy Park Road
Brislington
Bristol
BS4 3NZ

You can access our office through the stone archway off Bath road.