Leeds and Wakefield: Would-be cab drivers failing English tests » National Taxi Association

Leeds and Wakefield: Would-be cab drivers failing English tests » National Taxi Association

Hundreds of would-be taxi and private hire drivers in Leeds and Wakefield have failed tests in English and local knowledge. The tests by Leeds City Council and Wakefield Council are designed to ensure drivers applying to be cabbies have a good knowledge of English, with the knowledge test making sure they know their way around the city. But figures just released show that 448 applicants across both cities have failed to pass the various tests first time over the last year. Council bosses say that means the tests, which drivers are charged for, are doing their job. In Leeds, from April last year to April this year, 348 have passed the council’s literacy test for new applicants, with 217 failing meaning they must the take the test again before being allowed to pick up passengers. During the same period, 190 took the council’s knowledge test of local routes. Of those, 67 pass...

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