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Black cab Knowledge could be SCRAPPED in Bracknell due to rise of Sat Nav systems

Bracknell Forest Council is considering abolishing the local knowledge test for taxi drivers as some councillors say it is no longer necessary with the widespread use of satellite navigation systems.

The current requirement means that drivers of all cabs and private hire cars must pass a knowledge test before the council can issue them a licence.

Black cab drivers also need to pass a verbal test on specific routes in the borough based on map work. However, the council's licensing committee is set to discuss these requirements and determine whether to abolish it.

Some Hackney Carriage drivers in Bracknell support retaining the knowledge test as it ensures that drivers are familiar with local routes, which can be invaluable during heavy traffic. The council could vote to scrap the test, retain it, or launch a consultation before making the final decision in October.

If the proposed changes are adopted, drivers would be allowed to rely on satellite navigation systems alone. According to Bracknell News, taxi driver Asghar Ali, said: “They shouldn’t get rid of the knowledge test because if you don’t have a knowledge of the area, that will be a problem for the resident and a problem for the drivers as well.”


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