To be a London Cab driver, you have to memorize 25,000 roads and thousands of points of interest!
It seems London’s taxi standards are a bit higher than New York’s.
In many fields of study, students are required to pass an intensive exam in order to join their specialized work force. For example, law students are required to pass the bar examination in order to legally practice their craft.
Few would think of taxi drivers having similar standards to meet. But, in London, they very much do.
In order to run a black cab in London, potential drivers must pass an exam known as The Knowledge. Similar to a Drivers Test, the exam involves navigating through a variety of streets while making quick decisions on how best to meet a passenger’s needs.
Cab drivers are not allowed to use maps, satellite navigation systems, or any other external sources while driving. Instead, the must memorize nearly 25,000 different roads and be able to apply that knowledge in a practical setting.
Further, cab drivers must have an in-depth knowledge of London’s many points of interest, from clubs and hotels to churches and government buildings.
Most potential drivers take 34 months to train for the exam. And even then, they often have to try upwards of 12 times to pass.