250 Derby taxi drivers get licenced in LANCASHIRE – to avoid local knowledge test » National Taxi Association https://t.co/xltcs5R6D8

250 Derby taxi drivers get licenced in LANCASHIRE – to avoid local knowledge test » National Taxi Association https://t.co/xltcs5R6D8

The Derby Telegraph reports that more than 250 Derby taxi drivers have registered in a town in Lancashire where they do not have to take a “knowledge” test. A total of 254 people with Derby addresses are officially licensed in Rossendale, 103 miles away. There are 1,500 taxi drivers licensed with Derby City Council. Rossendale Borough Council said it has handed out the licenses to people with Derby addresses since the start of 2013. Derby City Council said it is powerless to stop drivers with licences handed out by other authorities from working in Derby because of a loophole in the law. To obtain a Derby licence, drivers must first pass a knowledge test, which looks at their expertise in getting around the city, before they are awarded their badge. But some other councils do not require drivers to take the test. Mark Keenan, managing director of Derby-based taxi firm West...

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