Err, whut?

Motorists should become black cab drivers without having to learn the Knowledge, says Thatcherite Institute of Economic Affairs

When did the Telegraph start using “Thatcherite” as a swear word?

And yes, of course, ban the guilds!

13 thoughts on “Err, whut?”

  1. When they push ‘The Knowledge’ as being of value in the modern world they reveal themselves for what they are. Even the thickest know that satnavs exist.

  2. Interested

    I talke it you have never been routed down a cul de sac by a sat nav?

    Sat Navs are fine for a general route indication but will by no means show the best/quickest/shortest/least traffic route that a good cabbie should know and when time of day means better alternatives exist.

  3. BraveFart,

    Any decent sat-nav these days includes live traffic updates, so it’s actually better at calculating the quickest route at any given time of day than just relying on The Knowledge and experience.

  4. Andrew M

    “Any decent sat-nav these days includes live traffic updates, so it’s actually better at calculating the quickest route at any given time of day than just relying on The Knowledge and experience.”

    Not in and around somewhere like London!

  5. Am I the only one out here who thinks this wording is hilarious. You know … is it black cab-drivers or black-cab drivers?

    Given the difficulty of the Knowledge, I’m not sure which of those would be harder to transition to. 😉

    FWIW: Yes, I’m American, but I have spent enough time in London to have understood it properly on the first read.

  6. Typical metropolitan navel-gazers that don’t realise civilsation exists outside the M25. Here in the real world you don’t need to do The Knowledge (ie, the intensive three-year geographical study thing) to get a hackney license. Fit and Proper Person, pass a driving skills test, pass an English language skills test, pass a navigation skills test (ie, prove you can use approriate tools to navigate, not prove that you have it all in your head). All of which can be done with a variety of methods that are passported into the application process.

  7. “This could slash fares”

    Fares can alsready be slashed. The regulated fare is a ceiling, not a floor. Any taxi driver is perfectly at liberty to charge whatever the hell they chose up to the regulated ceiling. There is NOTHING preventing a taxi driver chosing to slash their own fares.

  8. “Private hire should be able to use bus lanes”

    They already can if the local authority choses to allow them to. That is absolutely nothing to do with taxi regulations, entirely and utterly what the local roads authority choses to do. Some roads authorities chose not to allow any form of taxi to use bus lanes.

  9. “All of which can be done with a variety of methods”: including sending your cousin along to take the tests. Allegedly.

  10. @BF no not personally, though I know what you mean. We’re in the infancy of satnavs, relatively speaking. Before long they’ll be better in real time than a cabbie ever could be – already are in some instances. But as dearieme says, leave it to the market. If the black cabs are better they win. If the satnav monkeys are better, they win. Either way, the public wins.

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