The DVLA expects that a taxi driver should meet the same medical requirements as a HGV or PCV Licence holder but the rules for taxi drivers are slightly different to those of bus and lorry drivers.
Each Local Authority (Council) determines what the medical should consist of and who can carry it out. Most Councils allow any General Practitioner (GP) to perform Taxi Medicals. However, some state that only the driver’s own GP may do so. Therefore, before booking a taxi medical appointment please check with your Council to clarify this and to obtain their Medical Assessment form which you must bring with you otherwise the medical cannot be completed.
If you require any assistance please speak to a ready2drive medical advisor on 0161-975-4947
Some Councils also require medical experts carrying out examinations to have seen your medical record summary.You are entitled to a free copy and there should be no charge.
To acquire these records:
- Contact your GP surgery and request a summary printout of medical records (click to download request form)
- Collect the summary once your GP Surgery have printed a copy
- Bring the records to your taxi medical
When booking your taxi medical please allow for the time it may take your GP surgery to produce a summary printout of your medical records.
How to Book an appointment?
To find clinics close to you and to check available slots, please check our clinic locations.
To book an appoint either call us on 0161-975-4947 and our dedicated staff will be only pleased to help you or to book on-line click on Book an appointment.
What documents you must bring with you for your medical?
Please note that for a Taxi medical you need to bring following documents with you. Without them medical expert will not be able to complete your medical form and you may need another appointment
- Photographic identification
- Relevant Council form for Taxi Medical (please contact your Council for this)
- Your glasses (if worn)
- Your most recent glasses prescription (if worn)
- Your list of medications
- Your Medical records summary (see above)
What to Expect on the day of examination?
A routine medical examination roughly takes about 15 minutes; however, it may take longer depending on your medical history. We advise that you allow at least 1 hour for the appointment On the day at the clinic you will be greeted by a Ready2drive medical expert who will
- Check your identification
- Review your summary medical records
- Take a Blood pressure measurement
- Perform an eye test with and without glasses
- List on the form any medication you’re currently taking
- List on the form any hospital consultant you see regularly
- Document your height, weight, smoking and alcohol history (To assist expert it will be helpful if you can bring a note of your most recent weight and height with you)
- Ask questions about your medical history and document it on the form
What happens after examination?
The completed Medical form must be posted/delivered to the council by yourself. The interval between having your medical examination and applying for your Licence (or Licence renewal) must not exceed 3 months.
Please visit DVLA website www.dvla.co.uk if you need any more information.