Where to? Oh and put it in writing.

According to his recent press release, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has heralded a new era for London’s taxi and private hire markets as he set out “an unprecedented programme of far-reaching improvements that will drive up standards, boost the quality of service for Londoners and protect the future of London’s iconic black cabs”. According to the release: “The Mayor is determined to create a vibrant taxi and private hire market, with space for all providers to flourish. The Taxi and Private Hire Action Plan, launched today by the Mayor alongside Transport for London (TfL), includes specific new measures to support licensed taxi drivers, and sets out ambitious plans to enhance public safety, and also improve London’s air quality.”

Okay, vibrant and flourishing is good. And who would argue against public safety or improvements to air quality? Unfortunately, this otherwise very wonderful and worthy range of measures includes a formal English language requirement for all private hire drivers.

Taxi drivers with years of experience will be compelled to pay for an English test which may result in them forfeiting their jobs. Surely they only need to be able to communicate verbally with passengers to discuss routes and fares?

If penguins were judged by their ability to climb trees, they would go through their lives believing they were useless.

If you agree with me, please consider signing this petition to get Sadiq Khan to change his mind:

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David Winship has written an unauthorised autobiography and several critically disdained literary tomes. His work is frequently compared with Steinbeck, Orwell and Hemingway, but unfortunately Mike Steinbeck, Daisy Orwell and Howard Hemingway were all terrible writers. He has been totally overlooked for the most prestigious literary awards worldwide, which is a shame as most of the words are spelled correctly. In fact, his books contain material that ranks with the finest literary works in history: all the right letters are there, just not necessarily in the right order.

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