Knowledge of London Active Applicants

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 3rd October 2019.

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Photo of Keith Prince Keith Prince Conservative

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meeting TFL state ‘We are undertaking a wider piece of work to identify and suspend those applications that are no longer active’.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?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor 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.