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.
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