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Do You Speak English? Language Test to Dismiss 33,000 London Taxi Drivers

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The introduction of compulsory examination in written English skills for cab drivers may deprive 33,000 taxi drivers of working license.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The latest initiative of the Transport for London (TfL) implies forcing private-hire taxi drivers to take exam in written English and requires them to meet the B1 level to hold the license.

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The lawyers for Uber told the High Court during the TfL’s examination introduction that launching the initiative would leave 33,000 people, or 28 percent of drivers presently possessing a license for their work, unemployed, according to The Guardian newspaper.

Uber argues that the examination in reading and writing skills is beyond the requirement, however, the company supports the drivers being asked to show proficiency in spoken English skills.

The TfL originally intended to bring about the rules on English examination since October 1, 2016, however, Uber took the TfL to court and derailed its plans. In the follow-up, the TfL announced a new plan to introduce compulsory examination for all taxi drivers who will attempt to obtain or renew license from April 1, 2017.

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