TfL has delayed the start date for London private hire drivers to have to undergo English testing to “be able to communicate at an appropriate level of English”; the new implementation date is September 2020.
A TfL spokesperson said: “We believe that London private hire drivers being able to communicate at an appropriate level of English is in the interests of public safety and leads to passengers getting a better service.
“In a review of national taxi and private hire regulation [in its response to proposals made by the Task and Finish Group], the Government backed drivers having to demonstrate a certain standard of English. As a result, we plan to extend the deadline for drivers to meet the requirement in London so we can work with the Government and ensure consistency with the rest of the country.”
This decision has been viewed by major stakeholders as a “victory for common sense” in the capital; no doubt licensing authorities throughout the UK are keeping their eyes on future plans by TfL in this regard.