Posted: 11 October, 2016
English Language Tests To Be Removed From QLD Cabbies' Requirements
It's sounding like Brisbane cabbies will no longer have to pass English language tests or study up on their geographical knowledge of the city..
There are reports the State government's set to remove a number of the current driver requirements as part of their overhaul of the industry, sparked by the legalisation of ride share services like Uber.
Until now, drivers have had to sit English tests through registered training organisations if they wanted to work in 'major taxi areas', while taxi companies were required to provide local geographical knowledge to all drivers.
Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe is under pressure from cabbies, who say the requirements - along with things like apperance of drivers and minimum age of drivers - are unfair. Drivers say if Uber drivers don't have to do those things, then nor should they.
Consumer advocates have slammed the potential changes as "unacceptable", saying language and geographical skills are "essential" to the job.