18 Feb '14, 9am

Cabbies are preparing themselves for a taxi ‘knowledge’ test that is set to be introduced by Gedling Borough Council.

However, whilst some cabbies are in favour of the new laws, most don’t agree that current license holders should have to the sit the test. Gedling taxi driver, Mohammed Jahangir, said: "It's just another extra cost for us. The only way to really solve the issue in question would be to limit the number of licences handed out. Otherwise you're penalising drivers who are already struggling to pay mortgages and look after their families.” A Gedling Borough Council spokesman said that by putting a cap on licenses the law would consider them discriminatory. The test would be similar to the famous London Knowledge test in which cabbies would be required to recognise local roads, identify ‘best routes’ and answer questions on licensing conditions as well as the Highway Code. The Council has also agreed to increase the rank on Front Street from 3 spaces to 9 with work starting on M...

Full article: http://www.cabdirect.com/taxi_trade_news/news.cfm/1511

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