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One of the biggest stereotypes of cab drivers is that not a lot of them understand English. This has been a stereotype because there was an English requirement before a driver was allowed to get behind the wheel of a Taxi.

However, a controversial move from the Queensland Government has removed the need for an English test and the need for geographical knowledge training in order to get behind the wheel. The idea behind the changes is so that the cab companies can compete with Uber and help bring their costs down.

The requirements have been quietly removed “appearance of drivers, cleanliness and comfort of vehicles, minimum age limits for drivers, English proficiency and electronic payments”. While they are removing some requirements, the potential of adding a sexual harassment training to future requirements is being considered.

While the government thinks that this is the way to even the playing field Transport consumer advocate Robert Dow told the Courier Mail that it was “unacceptable” and that knowing English and the geography of where the driver will be driving is “essential”.

Robert said “We’ve all had experience where it’s been difficult to communicate with a taxi driver,” before adding, “Certainly, there needs to be some basic navigation standard … (and) there needs to be a basic requirement in English proficiency.”

According to the Department of Transport and Main Roads it was all about cutting red tape and making transport easier and more affordable for the consumers. A spokesperson said, “Standards now form part of operating any viable commercial business therefore government no longer sees its role as determining whether taxis are clean, drivers are dressed in uniforms or drivers can speak English proficiently as this will be scrutinized by customers themselves as they now have choice”.

What do you think? Is this going to make you more or less likely to use Taxi services?

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  1. don’t use Taxis… arrogant lot of people., have used Uber, easy simple to the door and cheap. but prefer the tram or train anyway

  2. The whole Uber “thing” should have been sorted out from the start. Uber muscled in on the transport industry and now operates without much sanction. There is no requirement for cars to have passed machinery tests – any car can be a Uber car – or requirement to be of good character for a driver, cleanliness is not an issue. However, for taxis there has been sanction after sanction. There is no requirement for Uber cars to paid any sort of licence and I haven’ t heard that they have to have a Blue Card to transport underage passengers.

    I drove cabs in Brisbane for three years and believe me – we had to be clean and well presented, we had to know the city (main routes and shortcuts) we had to put our cabs in for machinery checks and we had to go to Weights and Measures for metre tests. We had to be able to speak good to reasonable English as well. I am pretty sure that today’s cab drivers have to have a Blue Card as well.

    The way this is going now is ridiculous. Why on earth doesn’t the State Government make Uber pull up its standards instead of taking down the standards for cab drivers? Why does Uber get all the leeway and the cab drivers get penalised?

  3. Typical idiotic labor, pandering to the minorities’.

    Why don’t they do the same for bus, train, ferry drivers’?

    Don’t stop there, what about airliner pilots’? Nah, why do they need to speak English, or for that matter, know Geography? Everything’s automated these days’.

    I know labor makes really stupid decisions’, but this takes the cake.
    What’s in it for them?

    I’m sure nearly everybody has experienced the following:

    Inability to speak to driver, as his English is either limited, or non-existent.
    Drivers’ who want to take you on a ‘Cook’s Tour’, to get to your destination, thus costing you more.
    BO riddled taxi drivers’.
    Incense stinking cabs.
    Bollywood music blaring.
    Filthy cab insides.
    Unwashed, unironed clothes’ wearing drivers’.
    For females’ travelling alone, the possibility of physical attack.

    I haven’t travelled by a taxi, of any Company, anymore, due to many of the above concerns, for me.

    I drive myself 98% of the time anyway, but if, for some reason, i do have to get another means, I book a Chauffeur driven car.
    The extra expense is negligible, compared to the above points.
    In doing so, my driver speaks perfect English, is clean, shaven, has no BO, & dressed appropriately.
    The car inside is immaculate. I can travel in silence, if I so wish.
    I’m offered the day’s newspaper, a cold bottle of water, & a sanitized-wrapped refresher towelette.

    And, to me, most importantly, I arrive at my destination calm, & unfrazzled!

  4. And so now i wonder will a driving licence be a requirement too?? Or is this to much to ask as now understanding la guage is not needed and even local goegraphic knowledge is not needed why bother with anything at all.same requirements as meeded to be in parliment. Just be a complete idiot. She’ ll be right mate!.

  5. And so now i wonder will a driving licence be a requirement too?? Or is this to much to ask as now understanding la guage is not needed and even local goegraphic knowledge is not needed why bother with anything at all.same requirements as meeded to be in parliment. Just be a complete idiot. She’ ll be right mate!.

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