Private hire drivers in Worcester don’t need knowledge of city roads, says council » National Taxi Association

PRIVATE hire drivers in Worcester will no longer need detailed knowledge of the city’s roads – despite cabbies criticising the move. Worcester City Council is shaking up its rules so private hire drivers no longer have to sit a tough exam known as the ‘knowledge test’ from April. Instead, an alternative version will be designed without knowledge of city streets as a requirement. The move is because private hire cars respond to phone call customers, often taking people to far flung destinations out of Worcestershire and airports. The city council argues that they are quite different from hackney carriage drivers, who use Worcester’s ranks to pick people up and get most business from shoppers, pensioners and revellers. Worcester has more than 270 hackney carriage drivers but just 71 registered private hire drivers, all of whom are banned from using ranks to tout for trade. T...

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