Knowledge tests

The knowledge tests are written assessment for which you will need a good knowledge of the Runnymede borough and / or the requirements and conditions which apply to the type of licence you want. Tests are held once a month at the Civic Centre. Please ensure you arrive in plenty of time as no extra time will be given if you're late. On the day of the test, you are required to bring your DVLA driving licence or passport with you.

Knowledge Test Guidance

The test will be held once a month at the Civic Centre please ensure you arrive in plenty of time as no extra time will be given. There is a fee of £72 for the hackney carriage driver test, £55 for private hire driver or operator. This must be paid on booking the test, payments are not accepted on the day of the test. (please note that if you cancel your knowledge test and wish to take on another date you will not be able to book a future test date as there may be other applicants waiting, you will be placed on a waiting list and informed of the test availability no later than one week prior to the test)

You have one hour to complete parts 1 and 2 of the test and a further half hour to complete part 3 the Hackney Carriage route test, if applicable. On the day of the test you are required to bring your DVLA driving licence or passport with you.

You can book your knowledge test by calling 01932 425711, places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Pens & answer sheets are provided.

Items NOT permitted to be used during the Test: mobile phones, written notes, maps, satellite navigation systems, etc.

Any form of cheating or attempts to photograph the papers will result in your paper being void and you will not be permitted to sit the test again.

You will be informed of your result in writing within seven working days.

Each question has only ONE correct answer

Each part must be completed successfully, if you pass part 3 and fail any of the other part you will only have to retake both parts 1 and 2 again.

It is a written test and you will need a good working knowledge of the Runnymede Borough Council area and/or the relevant requirements and conditions for the licence you are applying for. If the examiner cannot read an answer it will not receive a mark. There are three parts to the test as follows.

Part 1 (All applicants)

Questions on Byelaws, requirements, conditions and fares which are supplied in your taxi pack (multiple choice answers). Pass mark 20 out of 25.

This will also include a numeracy test. Pass mark 5 out of 5.

Please note that if you are going to apply for a private hire operators licence you will only be tested on your knowledge of the private hire operator requirements and conditions.

Part 2 (All driver applicants)

You will be tested on your knowledge of 60 locations in Runnymede and will be expected to be able to name the exact road name and town. 

We have introduced a standard set of locations which all applicants should use as a study aid  to assist them in gaining knowledge of the area. This lists a number of locations in Runnymede. Sixty of these locations make up the test paper and the questions are changed for each test to prevent duplicate test papers being produced, the pass mark is 45/60. Knowledge of all these locations is essential if you want to pass. Please use the study guide to assist you gaining this knowledge, this gives you a list of locations which are included in the test.

Runnymede HC/PH Location Study Aid


Broadway Malyan

Michael Page Holdings

Samsung Electronics

Compass Group

Future Electronics

Kerry Foods

Proctor & Gamble




Pandrol International


Thorpe Trading Estate

Weybridge Trading Estate

Hanworth Lane Trading Estate

Fordwater Trading Estate

Aviator Park

Hillswood Business Park

Tesco Egham

Tesco Chertsey

Sainsbury Chertsey

Runnymede Council Offices

Bourne Valley Garden Centre

Weybridge Garden Centre




Raj Cuisine

The Stanley House



Dragon Pearl

Old School Cafe

Twynersh Hungry Horse

Villa Rosa

Café Gondala

Bar 163

Magna Carta Tea Rooms


La Piazetta

Viceroy of India

The Wine Circle


Olive Tree Café


Rose & Olive Branch

Red Lion (Either)

Pack Horse

The Beehive

Barley Mow

Golden Grove

Thyme at the Tavern

Prince Regent

Royal Marine

Coach & Horses


Black Prince

White Hart

The Pelican

Crouch Oak

The Victoria

The Wheatsheaf

Happy Man

Castle Inn

Queens Arms

Rose & Crown



Bridge Hotel

Crown Hotel

Olde Swan Hotel

Great Fosters

Runnymede on Thames

Savill Court

Foxhills Resort Hotel

Travel Lodge Chertsey

British Rail Stations

Chertsey BR

Addlestone BR

Virginia Water BR

Byfleet & Newhaw BR

Egham BR

Longcross BR


Manorcrofts Playing Field

King George V

Chertsey Recreation

Homewood Park

Memorial Fields

Runnymede Pleasure Ground

Victory Park

Heathervale Recreation

Chertsey Meads

Places of Interest

Totem Pole

Magna Carta Memorial

Airforce Memorial

Armada Beacon

Queen Elizabeth II Bronze Statue

John F Kennedy Memorial

Thorpe Park

Great Cockrow Railway

Savill Garden

Newhaw Lock

Scotland Bridge Lock

Coxes Lock

Bell Weir Lock

Chertsey Lock

Truss's Island


Darley Dene Infant

Englefield Green County Infant

Holy Family RC Primary

Lyne & Longcross CofE Infant

Manorcroft Primary

Meadowcroft Infant

St Anns Heath Jnr

New Haw Jnr

Sayes Court Jnr

St Anns RC Primary

American Community School

Fulbrook Senior

Jubilee High

St Georges College


Royal Holloway College

Strodes College

Sir William Perkins


Places of Worship

St Pauls Church

Christ Church (either)

Surrey Muslim Mosque

The Kings Church

Hythe Community Church

St Marys Medieval Church

Sport & Leisure

Chertsey Hall

Top Golf

Foxhills Golf Hotel & Spa

Orbit Leisure Centre Egham

Wentworth Golf

Riverbourne Health Club

Abbey Moor Golf

Egham Cricket Club

Abbey Rangers Football

Egham Knights Rugby

Chertsey Social Club

Hythe Social Centre

Penton Hook Marina


Police Addlestone

Fire Brigade Addlestone

Ambulance Station

Fire Brigade Egham


St Peters Hospital

The Runnymede Hospital

Crouch Oak Health Centre

Abbey Practice

Englefield Green Health Centre

The Grove Medical Centre

Hythe Medical Centre

Animal Health & Vet Lab

Day Centres

Manor Farm

Eileen Tozer


Queen Elizabeth



Libraries & Museums

Egham Museum

Virginia Water Library

Chertsey Library

Chertsey Museum

Egham Library

Addlestone Library

Park Homes


Duffins Orchard

Little Almners Farm

Penton Park



There will be a selection of questions taken from the above.


Part 3 (Hackney carriage applicants only)

We have four ranks in Runnymede, for this part of the test you will be asked to write three routes from three of these ranks. The ranks are located at Egham, Chertsey, Virginia Water and Addlestone, ( for example you could be asked for three routes from Egham, three from Virginia Water and three from Addlestone ). The route will be to a named location in the borough. Include all road names, direction of turns at junctions, roundabouts and traffic lights. Pass mark 6 out of 9.