What is the Topographical Skills Assesment?

The Topographical Skills Assessment checks your ability to use a London A-Z and a Great Britain road atlas. If you are a first time PCO-Licence applicant, you will need to meet the required standards in demonstrating topographical skills. This is a pre-requisite for all applicants, although there are some exemptions detailed below.

topographical skills


  • training and assessment
  • help with filling out application form
  • help with filling out CRB check
  • topographical test
  • help for arrange your medical check
White Eagle Cars Topographical Skills Assessment Centre
TFL No: 170/310
Harbour House
Office No 6 at 2nd floor
Coldharbour Lane
London - Rainham
RM13 9YA Essex
Private Hire
Who is Exempt?
  • Previously licensed London Private Hire Vehicle drivers who have already passed a TfL Topographical Skills Assessment
  • Licenced London taxi drivers  – both all London and Suburban
  • Professional London tourist guide (e.g. Blue Badge Driver Guide)
  • An individual who can provide TfL with evidence of a relevant vocational qualification in passenger transport (e.g. NVQ or equivalent)​
What is the Assessment Structure?
  • Map reading ability
  • Route selection (local) - the ability to identify and plan a route within an area of London.
  • Route selection (intermediate distance) – the ability to identify and plan routes beyond your local area but within London
  • Route selection (long distance) – the ability to identify and plan routes to somewhere outside London
  • General topographical Skills (4 questions) – awareness of general geography of London.
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White Eagle Cars is a minicab company based in London and licenced by Public Carriage Office.
PCO License No 08154/01/01

White Eagle Cars miniCab Services
Harbour House
Coldharbour Lane
Rainham - Greater London
RM13 9YA

Phone  Phone: +44 20 88888 020
For the Deaf  Text: +44 7533 557 996
email  minicab@whiteeaglecars.co.uk
Skype  EagleExpressCars

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