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Guide Guidance on applying for a horse drawn hackney carriage

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2. Driving standards

Driving a hackney carriage is a responsible role. The driver has to ensure the safety of the fare paying public in addition to other road users.  An applicant will need to satisfy us that they are competent to hold a horse drawn hackney carriage driving licence. To do this they should hold one of the two following qualifications:

  • British Driving Society’s examination in carriage driving competence to include qualifications to both level 1 and level 2. Details are available from the British Driving Society at 27 Dugard Place, Barford, WARWICK, CV35 8DX. Telephone: 01926 624420.
  • Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions road driving assessment. This is a minimum qualification for those wishing to drive horses or ponies and vehicles carrying fare-paying passengers on the public road.  An application for an assessment may be made to the British Driving Society or the Heavy Horse Training Committee at British Equestrian Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LR. Telephone: 01203 696697. There is a fee for the assessment and on satisfactory completion a certificate of competence (road driving certificate) will be granted. The assessment takes approximately two hours and details.