In the released slides for May’s Taxi Operational Performance meeting TFL state ‘We are undertaking a wider piece of work to identify and suspend those applications that are no longer active’. Will the Mayor give an accurate figure as to how many actual applicants are currently active on the Knowledge of London?
There are seven stages to becoming a licensed taxi driver:
Stage 1: Self-assessment
Stage 2: Written examination
Stages 3-5: Appearances
Stage 6: Suburban examination
Stage 7: Licence application and pre-licensing talk
Full details of this process can be found in Transport for London’s (TfL’s) guide, ‘How to become a licensed taxi driver’: www.tfl.gov.uk/info-for/taxis-and-private-hire/licensing/learn-the-knowledge-of-london.
TfL has identified that as of Monday 2 September, there are 4,043 candidates studying the Knowledge of London. Of these, 1,770 candidates are at stages 3‑6 and 2,273 are pre-stage 3.
TfL is reviewing the number of pre-stage 3 candidates to determine how many are inactive. At the start of the year (January 2019), the number of pre-stage 3 candidates was 3,088. There are 1,140 files left to review and this should be completed by October 2019.