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320 routes to become a taxi driver in London

320 routes to become a taxi driver in LondonDo you know how taxis operate in other European countries? Now that Europe’s taxi seems closer every day, partly due to global threats that have made unity never seen before, we shall review how to become a cab driver in other countries of the European Union.

Seven tests to become a taxi driver in London

To become a taxi driver in London, for instance, a person needs to invest at least two years. It is what Transport for London says. They have developed an extensive test to become a professional. One must pass seven different tests to get a taxi driver permit. To pass the tests, the driver must prove that he can carry passengers to their destination via the shortest route.

Depending on what type of license the driver wants to get, a prospective driver must pass the “knowledge test”. There are two different types of license in London, those who want to work in London proper and those who want to work in the suburbs. London cab drivers must learn 320 routes, 25,000 streets and 20,000 reference landmarks, while suburban drivers can choose among nine different suburban sectors. Cabby is possibly the most difficult test in the world read full story at

Once you have chosen your work area, drivers must learn anywhere between 30 and 51 routes, with their streets, monuments and landmarks of interest. Is a simpler test, but cab drivers can only work in the area for which they have a license. They are not able to move to another area even if there is more work there.

Uber troubles are not just located in Chile or Latin America, but also worldwide

Uber troubles are not just located in Chile or Latin AmericaIn London, aside from Uber, there is Gett, an app that allows people to connect with car drivers who can provide them with that service.

However, unlike Uber, Gett has just obtained the license to operate with London’s classic black cab drivers.

Before this new acquisition, about 10,000 taxi drivers had already downloaded the Gett app. According to the app’s owners, this agreement will make their numbers grow to 11,500, which is almost half of all classic taxi cars’ drivers.

Thus, Gett numbers continue to grow in London, though they are still half of Uber’s size, with roughly 25,000 drivers in the UK’s capital.

Gett might be able to purchase the three brands of the black radio-taxis through this offer. According to a spokesman from the app, the purchase is subject to shareholder approval and it would have an approximate value of “several million pounds”.

Unlike the dispute going on in Chile between taxi drivers and Uber drivers, Remo Gerber, General Director of Gett in Europe has already said that he believes that his vehicles, Uber’s and other cab companies can co-exist in London. “I do not believe in killing others, I believe in competition. It’s a large market and the winner doesn’t take it all”, he said.

“I don’t think being a worldwide company gives us an edge against the competition. Uber, obviously is the leader in America. But we are very focused on the market of black cabs, a multi-million business that only operates in London”.

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London’s taxi drivers react to competition

taxi-londresThe exponential growth experienced by different taxi’s external applications in the capital of the UK has made taxi drivers react, and have decided to adopt new policies to improve their service.

Companies such as Uber have had a great reception on the streets of London, and because of it, the Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) has decided to change their strategy and postpone complaints to focus on a new strategy.

On Monday, the group launched a new action plan, led by the London Cab Company (London Taxi Co.), which in turn is responsible for making the city’s iconic black cabs. They are supported by the main taxi driver’s association. Taxicabs will be equipped with high-speed WiFi, no-contact card readers, and the all new taxis manufactured will be zero-emission by 2018.

“What we are asking from the Mayor of London is that our offer will be based on faster, more intelligent and more ecologically-minded cars”, said Steve McNamara, secretary general of LTDA to Management Today.