Renowned Welsh blogger ‘oggybloggyogwr‘ gives his take on the news that as of November 2019, people wishing to become a taxi driver under the auspices of Bridgend County Borough Council, will have to sit a ‘Bridgend Knowledge’ style course. Instead of the previous ‘sit 4.5 hours in BCBC Angel Street’ Driver Awareness course.
Taxi drivers set to face “The Bridgend Knowledge” from November 2019
The head of Legal and Regulatory services at Bridgend Council has recommended that BCBC’s Licensing Committee approve the introduction of a “Knowledge Test” for taxi drivers from later this year.
“The Knowledge” is an infamous test of London taxi drivers’ route familiarity and while the proposed system for Bridgend won’t be anywhere near as comprehensive, it’s based on the same principle.
The report says at least ten local authorities in Wales already require taxi drivers to pass a Knowledge Test. At the moment, prospective taxi drivers in Bridgend only have to pass a numeracy and literacy test and sit through a half-day Driver Awareness Course.
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