NEW TfL requirement – all drivers must have B1 Level of English

This must be a TfL approved exam – the ISE exam. This is compulsory for all Private Hire Drivers.

What is B1 level? What does it mean?

B1 is an internationally approved level used to measure language proficiency - click on the image to find out more.

Can you pass the exam?

Find out by taking our FREE online test – click on the image to get started.

Courses for native speakers

Can you pass the ISE Exam? Click on the image to find out.

Native English speakers - can’t find your O level/CSE/GCSE English certificate?

Take our 1 day intensive workshop to show you the necessary skills you required to pass the ISE exam. It’s all you need.

TfLEnglish offers the approved ISE exam preparation classes. Call or drop in to discuss your needs with our qualified and supportive staff


An English language requirement applies to all applications for private hire drivers licences received by TfL on, or after, 14 October 2016. This includes applications for both renewal and new licences. Applicants have been given until 30 September 2017 to satisfy TfL that they met the requirement, whether by sitting a Secure English Language Test or by providing evidence of a qualification. For applications received on or after 30 September 2017, all applicants will need to provide evidence that they meet the English Language Requirement as part of their application before a licence will be issued.