Cabbies to face tests

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TAXI drivers across the district will need to pass English, maths and “knowledge” exams in new council plans to improve public safety.

Private hire and hackney carriage drivers will be tested on their language and numeracy skills to make sure they can do their job safely and professionally in a Wakefield Council initiative, launched on April 1.

They will also be required to complete a “knowledge” exam on licensing laws, customer care, road safety, local knowledge, disability awareness and personal safety.

Coun Graham Stokes, cabinet member for corporate performance, said: “These new safety measures will ensure that the public using taxis or private hire cars in this district can do so with confidence.

“It is particularly important because the nature of the job means that drivers are working alone and often with vulnerable people, so they are well equipped to deliver the best service possible.”