The Knowledge

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Welcome to Taxi-Knowledge where you can find out all about the knowledge of London or how to become a London taxi driver. The knowledge is basically the “training” you need to do to become a London taxi driver and get your Hackney carriage licence and the Green badge. The Green badge is means you can work in London and the suburbs whereas they Yellow badge only allows you to work whichever suburbs or sector you have done the Yellow badge for.

Most people will go for the green badge but this does take a lot longer to complete, from start to finish a green badge can take anything from 3-5 years or longer in some cases. Whereas the yellow badge can obtained within about 18 months - 2 years or less.

We hope to show you everything you need to become a London black taxi cab driver and we will also show places of interest and point you in the right direction for what you need to get you through the taxi knowledge. Nowadays there are lots of web sites regarding the knowledge but most of these are either not worth a visit or they are tying to sell you stuff you don’t really need. We will also list some of the knowledge schools that are out there where you can go and meet fellow knowledge boys and girls. Most people think their wives/husbands/partners will be supportive and most probably are but when it comes to calling over, we’ll discuss this later, they will soon get bored and you will get irritated with them. When you are doing the knowledge you can, and most do, end up eating, sleeping and shitting the knowledge. This is where schools help and they can also be good places to find call over partners.

Blank Map Test

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You have probably heard about the map test and wondered what exactly is involved. Well it’s pretty straight forward really, you will be given a list of points and for each point there will be a multiple choice of answers, you simple have to decided which is the correct location. You need to read these carefully because they might just change a postal area. Below are a couple of examples examples:

Click Here to get over 30 blank maps

Imperial Cancer Research Fund?

Lincolns Inn Fields WC1
Lincolns Inn Fields WC2
Lincolns Inn Fields WC3

The next example really show why you should not ruch through and make sure you read correctly:

London Weather Centre?

Clerkenwell Road EC1
Clarkenwell Street EC1
Clerkanwell Road EC1

You will also be asked to choose a correct run so you will have a run followed by multiple choice answers again. Examples below:

Finally you will be given a blank map with some points on, the points will be labeled, for example A, B, C, D, E and you will then have to place the corresponding letter on the map where you believe that point is. See example below:

All of the above was courtesy of www.taxiknowledge.co.uk

Medical to Become a London Taxi Driver

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When you apply to the PCO to be accepted on the knowledge you will need to have a medical to make sure you are fit and healthy.  The medical form which the PCO give you has to be completed by a doctor whose care you have been under for at least 12 months. The medical will cover 7 major areas which are problems with your heart, whether you are diabetic if you have epilepsy, it will also cover you nervous system, sight, any psychiatric illness and also musculoskeltal.

You will not be able to become a London taxi driver if you have had heart problems or heart sugery or if you have a history of alcahol abuse. There are other conditions that can prevent you from becoming a taxi driver including if you have had a history of blackouts or had a stroke.

If you have any of the aboce medical problems there is not much point applying to the PCO to become a London taxi driver as you will be rejected. If you want more information and help on becoming a London cabby the CLICK HERE and get the complete pack which will help you through every step of the application process as well as giving you over 30,000 points, all the blue book runs and much mch more.

The Taxi Knowledge Blue Book Runs

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The blue book runs are probably thought to be the most important part of the learning process if you want to become a London taxi driver. So what are the blue book runs? simply they are a list of points and directions to get from one point to the other in the quickest most direct route. You will need to learn all 320 of these runs before you even make a dent in the process.

Once you have completed the runs you will then be going out and learning as many points as you can, what are points? these are just “points of interest” like Trafalgar square or the 100 club. The reason you need to learn as many points as possible is because many times people will get in your taxi and not know what road/street something is in so they might just ask you to take them to the Sherlock Holmes Hotel for instance.

People still ask if it is worth learning the taxi knowledge and the answer is of course it is, if it’s what you really want to do. The benefits are being your own boss and working as and when you want to. London taxi drivers are retiring, dying or simply choosing another career path so there is always room for new taxi drivers which of course means more and more people doing the knowledge of London.

If you are looking to become a London taxi driver and are considering doing the knowledge then you can get all you need from Taxi-knowledge.co.uk

Taxi Knowledge Runs

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Taxi knowledge runs or blue book runs as they are officially know are a set of 320 routes from one point to another as can be seen in the example below. The knowledge runs are simply a guide to help you learn the part of London you will need to be able to become a London black taxi driver. The runs change all the time because roads change all the time, they may decide to make a road a no right turn or simply close the road for major works. This can be a problem if you have the knowledge runs on paper because you would have to make a copy every time you went out so you could write over it and make any changes. That is a lot of photocopying and there is a much easier solution taxi run on CD Click Here to get a copy now. This makes it much easier, you simply print out a run, go out and make a not of any changes and the update when you get home.

No matter what runs you get you will still have to put in the work and it is a lot of work, how long does it take to do the knowledge? well that can be anything from 3-5 years, yes really that long but with the help of places like taxiknowledge it will not seem so difficult and you can get help and advice from other knowledge boys and girls.

Many people are looking for cheap blur book runs and many are shocked when they find they can spend as much as £80 just for the runs. You don’t need to spend that much on runs and the cheapest way is to download them, you can get the runs in a pdf file Here but your best bet is to get the complete pack, it contains all the information you need and will certainly save you money.

Whatever you choose to do to help you through the knowledge good luck!