Taxi drivers to get English language test

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ENGLISH language and local knowledge tests will be introduced in a bid to improve standards for taxi drivers.

East Hampshire District Council is set to introduce a range of new measures to make sure drivers meet the best possible standards.

For the first time new cabbies will have to pass a knowledge test to satisfy the council they know the district and that they have satisfactory English language skills.

The new policy also contains tougher sanctions for drivers who breach their licence and a new requirement for operators who subcontract bookings to other firms to notify customers which firm is fulfilling their journey.

The range of vehicles which could be licensed as taxis and private hire vehicles is to be increased, giving the trade and public more choice.

There will now be a period of consultation with drivers.