London Assembly member Richard Tracey, supportive of the black cab trade has, according to CityAM, suggested making The Knowledge easier. The response of black cabs may surprise you.Black cab driver @kp_hedges : @angelneptustar The knowledge test is a test of good character as much as a test of geography. There is no benefit in lowering standards.
Fighting talk from Steve McNamara, Gen. Sec. of LTDA, who weighed in in similar vein. Steve told City A.M. he questioned why “anybody, anywhere, would suggest lowering the gold standard that London taxis provide”, echoing the words of Boris Johnson, that black cabs are the gold standard of the cab trade.
“We would be happy to be part of a long-term review about how the knowledge is taught, conducted and tested, subject that there would be a proviso that there would not be any reduction in the standards,” he said.
Richard Tracey also suggests hiking private hire vehicle licence fees, amongst other measures.
Seven Tory Boy councillors suggest downgrading regs. for black cabs, while leaving Uber alone.
In a great article, Taxileak said “These seven Tory Boy Councillors think London’s Gold Standard, Iconic Taxi Trade should be reduced to licensing drivers with dubious pasts, drive vehicles not suitable for disabled passengers, have no expensive hire and reward insurgence, do away with the Knowledge of London and pay themselves through foreign banks, so they don’t have to pay taxi and can claim benefits”. These councillors are blind to the importance of regs. for customer safety.
For Tory Boy, read Osbo’s pet poodles!
When will Uber, and CityAM get the message that it is the regulation and the training involved in the Knowledge that make black cab drivers the best, most knowledgeable drivers on the road, the safest option by far, and the most ethical trade in London?