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PEOPLE applying to be taxi drivers in Hull will have to sit a knowledge test from April.

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PEOPLE applying to be taxi drivers in Hull will have to sit a knowledge test from April this year.

The move comes after concerns were raised over the number of current drivers who are unfamiliar with the city's road network.

Many also do not speak English as a first language after an influx of European Union migrants in recent years.

When the idea of re-introducing the knowledge test was first put forward last year, the Mail revealed how one clueless cabbie who took a fare in Ferensway did not know where Beverley Road was.

Councillor Sean Chaytor said it was one thing for satellite navigation equipment to send drivers up the wrong road, but a different matter entirely if passengers were taken on longer journeys than necessary because a driver did not know the best route.

Keith Fenner, the city council's licensing manager, said consultation with the taxi trade over the introduction of the knowledge test with the BTEC qualification would continue over the next few weeks.

What do you think?




  • Alisha Brown
    Alisha Brown Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    I wish that these tests are easy. I know English very well but some of these tests are really Mindy. Can I get some tips for the test

  • Super User
    Super User Saturday, 25 April 2015

    Some of the drivers just start to learn on google. PUB location, and most important streets. I think best way is to try many times till you will learn the questions. As well you can ask there about your mistakes. I know is not a easy test if you are not local, but all will past in the end. Just try again and again. Number of taxi drivers is decrease drastically in last 2 years. So when you have your taxi badge in next hour you will get a job. Unfortunately is not the best moment for taxi drivers. I know some people say taxi job is for lazy people, but is not like that. You will need to work minimum 10 hours a day and minimum 6 days a week to can survive. From 1 of July to rent a private hire vehicle will be more expensive cause of the NEW 4 years old rules. Good luck.

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