The London taxi knowledge is the process of learning London to achieve your green badge, what is a green badge? The green badge is what you will be issued with once you have completed the knowledge and this badge is your licence to be a London taxi driver. The green badge is worn at all times so that the public can be sure you are a licensed London taxi driver.
If you are looking fro a change of career or just want to be your own boss then the knowledge could be just what you are looking for. You will need to get a set of blue book runs Click Here to get a copy now and save 39% on the regular price. The above link will take you to the full pack which contains a wealth of information as well as the blue book runs. You will be expected to learn the 320 blue book runs but as well as that you need to learn London within a six mile radius of Charing Cross. This may seem a daunting task but if you apply yourself there is no reason you should fail the knowledge test. The London knowledge test consists of “appearances” these are where you are tested by a PCO examiner and they will ask you to take them from one point to another for example Manor House to Gibson Square and you would need to take them there be telling them each road you will use, see the example below:
LOL______ GREEN LANES
R________ BROWNSWOOD ROAD
L________ BLACKSTOCK ROAD
F________ HIGHBURY PARK
F________ HIGHBURY GROVE
R________ ST PAUL’S ROAD
COM_____ HIGHBURY CORNER
L/BY_____ UPPER STREET
R________ BARNSBURY STREET
L________ MILNER SQUARE
F________ MILNER PLACE GIBSON SQUARE FACING
The chances of you being asked that run are remote but that is how you would call it over, calling over is the term for reciting a run. There is also a map test for the knowledge and that is where you have to plot a route using blank maps, blank as in no street names on them, just the roads. Click Here to see a mock map test.
You can see the run 1 of the London taxi knowledge below: