The health and wellbeing of taxi drivers has never been more important.
While no one advises completing a 60-mile round trip to a local landmark to test your eyesight, making sure that you are fit to drive safely is essential.
That’s why every cabbie, whether applying for their first license, renewing an existing license, or reaching the key ages of 45, 50, 55, 60 or 65 will need to complete a medical assessment.
But what does this test involve and what do you need to do before your license is granted?
Here’s what you need to know:
Before the test
The assessment must be carried out by either your own GP, or at your local council’s Occupational Health Unit, so booking an appointment in advance is essential.
When you arrive, you will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire and pay a fee, the amount varies across the country, but is usually between £50 -£100.
If you wear hearing aids, glasses or contact lenses take them with you, along with 3 forms of identification, these can be a:
- Driving license
- Utility bill, that is no more than 3 months old
- Birth certificate
- National Insurance card
- UK NHS card
During the test
During the appointment your GP will check your:
- Blood pressure
- Heart rate
- Mobility and movement
They will also ask you to provide a sample of your urine which will be tested for infection and diabetes.
If you suffer from any medical conditions you may also be asked more information about this.
After the test
You will be given your results during the appointment. If there are any medical concerns, you may be advised to see your doctor or optician for further tests before the certificate is granted.
If you pass all parts of the assessment your GP will complete your fitness certificate, guaranteeing you are well enough to drive and that your taxi license can now be granted by your local council.
Stay safe and plan ahead with Patons.