'Knowledge test' plan for Hull taxi drivers goes to councillors
Plans to introduce a so-called "knowledge test" for people applying to be taxi drivers in Hull will be considered by city councillors next week.
As first revealed in the Mail last year, the test will quiz applicants on their knowledge of Hull's road network.
If agreed, it would be part of a new BTEC Level 2 qualification, which would be a requirement for anyone applying for a Hackney carriage or private hire drivers' licence in the city.
Licences are currently approved if a driver passes a medical and completes a basic literacy and numeracy test. Applicants are also subject to a criminal record check.
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A report for next week's licensing committee says: "An understanding of how to provide a professional customer service in the industry and being aware of road safety while conveying passengers along with an understanding of how to plan routes and a knowledge of routes throughout the city are key elements of a licensed private hire or Hackney carriage drivers' role."