THE LONDON Assembly has passed a motion calling on the mayor of London Sadiq Khan to replace any requirement for private hire drivers to pass a written English exam with a £25 verbal test.
Labour Party assembly member, Florence Eshalomi, who voiced her opposition to Transport for London’s £180 English test at a private hire demo outside City Hall in December, proposed the motion and released the following statement.
It is if course vital that taxi drivers can communicate with their passengers in English. However, the estimated £300 to take the test seems a disproportionate cost, especially when you bear in mind that drivers will soon be required to pass an advance driving test costing £149.
There are over tests which could be used that cost just £25. It’s time for the mayor to look into other options. What we don’t want to see is people losing their livelihoods.