English language requirement
The English Language Requirement (ELR) was introduced in London in 2016.
Transitional arrangements are in place to allow existing licensees time to comply. These arrangements are set out in TPH Notice 01/23.
Anyone who applied for a new PHV driver's licence on or after 1 April 2023 is required to take and pass both the English language speaking and listening test and SERU assessment before they can be licensed.
Drivers must satisfy the ELR by taking and passing a speaking and listening test and the SERU assessment is used to assess their reading and writing skills.
Speaking and listening test
The speaking and listening test consists of a 15-20 minute conversation.
The assessment will be undertaken at a TfL Driver Assessment Centre via a secure video or telephone link to our service provider, PeopleCert.
Reading and writing assessment
TfL will use the SERU assessment to assess an applicants' reading and writing skills.
Cost of assessments
The speaking and listening test costs £36 when taken for the first time and £16 for a re-sit.
The SERU assessment costs £36 when taken for the first time and £16 for a re-sit.
TfL can provide a range of reasonable adjustments that are tailored to the individual to ensure that assessments are carried out in a fair and consistent manner.
If you have a disability or condition which means you will need adjustments to be made at your assessment then you will be invited to provide us with a brief outline of the condition and documented evidence from a relevant professional.
Help in preparing for your assessment
There are lots of free resources and courses available online to help people improve their English skills and you may want to make use of these before taking the assessment.
Some colleges offer English courses for people on a low income, or who are in receipt of benefits such as Job Seeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance.
Our exemption guidance document contains information on exemptions for the English Language Requirement.
If you feel you have a disability or a condition which exempts you from taking the assessment, please see our exemption guidance for more information.