The London Taxi “Knowledge” – what is it and why am I doing it?

The “Knowledge” according to Transport for London (TfL),the Governing Body is

All-London drivers – also known as Green Badge drivers – need a detailed knowledge of London within a six mile radius of Charing Cross.

All-London drivers’ Knowledge is based on learning 320 routes (or runs). This will help them learn the 25,000 streets and 20,000 landmarks and places of interest in the six mile radius of Charing Cross.

It takes between two and four years to pass the All-London Knowledge. Once you are licensed you can work anywhere in the Greater London area.

I have spent the last 19 years in London working in IT, and found myself desperately wanting a change. Once I managed to get my head round the idea that this could take me 4 (or more) years to do, I weighed up the advantages.

  • I will be my own boss
  • My earning potential will be down to my own efforts
  • I can work around any outside commitments without having to submit a holiday request
  • I won’t have to rely on other people (largely) to do my job

And I guess that list goes on. The obvious disadvantage is that if I don’t work, I don’t get paid.

I intend to add to this from time to time and would love to hear your comments.

Useful Links

TfL Knowledge Pages  http://www.tfl.gov.uk/businessandpartners/taxisandprivatehire/1412.aspx

Excellent Blog from fellow Knowledge boy                                                                http://london-blackcab.com/

The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association                                                                       http://www.ltda.co.uk/

The Knowledge Point Knowledge School                      http://www.taxitradepromotions.co.uk/

Wizann Knowledge School                                                                     http://www.wizann.co.uk/

London Postcode Map and List                           http://www.doogal.co.uk/london_postcodes.php

Call Over Magazine Online                                                                       http://thecallover.co.uk/

Great Blog from a working Cabbie with some great links (including mine LOL)          http://www.cabbieblog.com/

Another excellent Blog


A very useful and informative blog from a fellow Knowledge Boy






4 Responses to About

  1. Roff Smith says:

    Hello – My name is Roff Smith. I am a UK-based contributor to National Geographic Magazine and I have been asked to prepare a feature on The Knowledge for the magazine’s website. I am hoping I would be able to arrange an interview with you, and talk about what it is like, if that would be possible. I look forward to hearing from youMany thanks. Roff Smith

  2. cabbieblog says:

    Thanks for the recommendation

  3. Nick says:

    Just read through all your blogs! was a very good read, I’m currently going through the knowledge and working towards my map test at the moment, went on a similar line to you with regards to missing pieces book etc. I started collecting points around a month ago and am finding it a lot harder than runs! (as I’m sure everyone does).

    just a few questions if i may, when talking about your appearances you talk about dropping points before you have started (what do you mean by this), I’m a bit of a newbie when it comes to appearances and just wanted an insight on how they go.

    Last question, I find that a few points on busy roads are quite awkward to work out the setting down/leaving restrictions, is there any general rule or knowledge that you may know that could help me? would be great if you could!

    Hope your still keeping up the good work and look forward to a reply!!



    • Hi Nick,
      Thanks for the comments.
      Dropping points is where an examiner will ask you to take him between 2 points of interest and you don’t know them.
      I think the rule is that you can drop/leave on the right if there are no obstacles, it’s not illegal and it’s safe.
      Good luck with your endeavours mate

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