16 May '15, 5pm

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Mirroring many traditional skills the cab trade is facing fierce competition, just as steel making and motor car manufacturing did in the 1980s the licensed London cabbie is under threat. It is a sad fact that more than three times as many taxi drivers are over 70 years old as there are under 30 years old with an average age of 52 for London’s 25,000 Licensed Cab Drivers. O lder drivers, research has shown, are 10 times less likely to work at night, with a consequence that since 2003 Private Hire companies have tripled in size at night time. This in turn has resulted in a huge over capacity of licensed cabs plying for hire during the day and the huge expansion of Addison Lee drivers filling shortfall during the night with under qualified drivers. The benchmark qualification for driving a taxi in London is, of course, the coveted All London Green Badge of the London Cabbie,...

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