Important coronavirus information

Critical licensing functions will be prioritised

Topographical assessment

This page details information about the topographical assessment for private hire drivers.

In line with the estimated dates in the Government roadmap, we are planning to re-open driver assessment centres on 12 April 2021. 

As before, a number of measures will be implemented to reflect Public Health England guidance and to reduce the risk to staff and candidates presented by the coronavirus. Measures include the installation of social distancing markers and hand sanitiser units and the wearing of face coverings.

We will be contacting all candidates who had an assessment cancelled due to lockdown or as a result of the pandemic, to re-book their assessment and provide them with details of the measures we have implemented.  

Please do not attend our offices in Baker Street or West Kensington unless you have a confirmed booking for a topographical skills assessment as we cannot assist with enquiries in-person at these locations. 

We also request that you do not attempt to contact us by phone as our agents will be conducting outgoing calls only. 

We are currently trialling an online contact form as a temporary measure for applicant enquiries. If you need to speak to someone about your topographical skills assessment, please complete the form: 

In relation to coronavirus, arrangements for candidates attending an assessment have been changed to reflect Public Health England guidance.

TfL Topographical assessment centre

TfL, Baker Street

TfL, West Kensington

Assessment Schedule: Monday to Friday at various times

Further guidance can be found in the documents provided here, including important coronavirus information. Please review this guidance carefully before your assessment and follow the provided instructions, or you may not be permitted to sit the assessment.

Find out more about the centres:

Approved topographical assessment centres 

Centre  Address  Assessment schedule
(subject to availability) 
Find out more about the centre
Bridge Topographical Training Ltd College of North West London, Wembley Park Drive, Middlesex, HA9 8HP Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Bridge Topographical Training Ltd
Capstar Chauffeur Ltd The Farmhouse, Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8JF Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Capstar
Data Cars Ltd 92-94 Lee High Road, Lewisham, London, SE13 5PT Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Data Cars Ltd
Driver Periodic Training Ltd Brooklands House, Petersfield Avenue, Slough, SL2 5DY Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays Driver Periodic Training
E-Laws Training Ltd Unit 1B, The Show House, Merton Abbey Mills, Watermill Way, Colliers Wood, London SW19 2RD Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays E-Laws Training Ltd
The Vehicle Site Ltd Bridge House (Rear Entrance), 1st Floor, 150 London Road, Barking IG11 8BB Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays Topographical Skills Test

 

Assessment guidelines

The Topographical assessment guidelines provide more details about the assessment. Your assessment could be carried out in paper format, or may be computer based. If your assessment is computer based, you will need a basic understanding of how to use a mouse.

A guide to plotting a route

We have produced a short video to provide guidance on how you may be expected to plot a route within the online assessment.

Special requirements and reasonable adjustments

TfL offer a wide 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, once assessments are taking place again. Please see the top of this page for more information. Contact us on tphtopo@tfl.gov.uk