The Knowledge celebrated its 150th Anniversary and on Thursday 25th June Boris Johnson met with newly badged black cab drivers at City Hall.
The Knowledge, overseen by TfL, is an extensive process that potential black cab drivers have to successfully complete before taking to the city’s roads in a black cab. It is comprised of six stages and takes cabbies two to four years to successfully complete. During this time, potential black cab drivers have to memorise 25,000 streets and 100,000 landmarks within a six mile radius of Charing Cross. It is seen as the most prestigious taxi driver test in the world.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, met to congratulate newly ‘badged’ black cab drivers at City Hall, said that cabbies do a “fantastic service”, and set out his vision for the future of the black cab trade. This included:
As a major provider of taxi insurance, we’ll be interested to see how the vision for the future of the black cab trade translates in reality.
With the explosion of online delivery services and digital consumerism, now is the time to invest in new commercial fleets to take advantage of this burgeoning market.
Whilst some fleet companies have managed to remain buoyant over the past few months, others may have seen a slowdown in business.