Becoming a London taxi driver is not an easy thing. It is not possible for anyone to be a taxi driver in London with a short period of time, because of the prohibition of the use of sat navs.
Mastering the quickest routes can take a minimum of three years. If you are desperate for employment taking a mini cab job within the London area in the meantime not only provides a source of income but will also help with the knowledge says John owner of Mobbo minicab Earlsfield
The simplified stages of becoming a London cabbie include the following
1. First, you have to write to the public carriage office with the address 15 penton street, London N1 9PU, requesting for an application pack, which will include a medical assessment form.
2. After writing to the public carriage office, get yourself a copy of the Blue Book and start learning the different routes. Getting in earlier means becoming a cabbie early enough. The best way is to get a soft copy of it because you can easily print out the route you desire to operate on. You can practice following the routes you print out as you wait for the Public Carriage Office to reply.
3. Once the forms you applied for arrive, fill them keenly and send them back. Remember to also include your medical report. This report is acquired by visiting your family doctor for a DVLA Group 2 medical examination which covers different areas. Also include the character check which is basically a criminal record check. If you have convictions, better include them.
4. When your application is goes through, you will be given a London introductory pack which includes a DVD and a copy Of the Guide to learning the knowledge of London.
5. After you manage to learn the first 80 runs, you can contact the PCO and arrange to sit for an assessment test. This is a simple written paper where you mark your own paper with the aid of a tutor. This test is optional, it’s just to determine how well you are moving on.
6. The written test is divided into two stages of which one needs to score 60% and above. Stage one will test you on your knowledge about the routes contained in the book. You will be given three routes form one location to another, and you will have to choose the shortest route. Stage two will test you on the points of interest. You are given a point of interest and four possible locations and picking the correct position is what you ought to do.
7. Here you will be subjected to three oral exams known as appearance tests. The tests take a maximum of 30 minutes. The examiner will ask you the location of different points of interest, and you must be able to identify them and tell him the best way to get there in the shortest time.
8. After completing all the stages successfully, you will be invited to apply for your green badge licence. This licence will show that you are a qualified London taxi driver.
These are the stages and for sure you can see that you cannot do it in a week. It calls for patience and persistence.