Transport For London has introduced new rules which will require all drivers to take a compulsory English test.
After the controversial introduction of Uber to England’s streets, multiple bans and protests have taken place worldwide in reaction. Black cab drivers have taken part in protests bringing traffic to standstill many times, prompting Transport For London to draft a proposal to restrict Uber’s hiring process.
TfL recently announced that all minicab drivers who are not from a majority English-speaking country must sit a B1-Level Comprehension Exam to obtain a valid English language certificate, which will cost them £180. These new rules will be enforced from 1st October this year.
The regulator has also imposed further rules on private hire companies working in London. Drivers must have “hire and reward insurance” for vehicles the entire time they operate their vehicles – even when it’s not being used for private hire, and cab companies must operate a call centre from London.
Uber recently set up a call centre in Ireland and opposes TfL’s rules about operating from the capital as well as the mandatory English test for foreign drivers. The company is also involved in another lawsuit with trade union GMB, after they launched a legal challenge over the employment status of Uber drivers.
The company considers its drivers self-employed – and therefore not entitled to holiday pay or national wages – whilst GMB considers this unlawful.
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