Knowledge numbers are down 95 per cent from their halcyon days. Is anyone surprised? Back in the 1960s and 70s, it took on average 9 to 12 months to complete The Knowledge. Move into the 1980s and 18 months was average. Learn the first 5 pages on blue book apply for your first 56 appearance, no idiotic map test, no silly redlines, no stupid turnarounds in the back end of Hackney, Highgate or Herne Hill.
I’m 100 per cent convinced The Knowledge has been purposely made much harder which has led to a massive drop of candidates.
Throw in private hire, ply for hire apps and London grinding to a halt with reductions in road widths, and who will bother doing The Knowledge? And just to make absolutely sure force us into a £70,000 cab.
I’m expecting the usual nonsense about it will mean lowering standards if The Knowledge is made quicker, and the crap about learning 20,000 obscure silly points necessary.
Ask yourselves are you a better cab driver having just completed The Knowledge recently, than me or someone older who has done it in less than 12 months.
Remember they want us gone that’s why it takes years the pass The Knowledge, if it’s not reformed and quick we will be in gone and London’s taxis will be like every other city.