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BurntOrange

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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:35:03 AM

Thank goodness for GPS.
Just 53% of New York City’s would-be yellow cab drivers passed the strenuous 50-question hack license test, Taxi and Limousine Commission records for fiscal year 2013 show.
That’s down from the 80% who generally passed the test in the 1990s.
Industry insiders say the drop is due to tougher questions on the location of random city roads and a growing list of regulations.

“The test is always getting harder,” said one instructor who asked to remain anonymous.

And many of the city’s foreign born taxi test-takers have struggled with the English language proficiency part of the test, the instructor added.
“It’s hard to learn a new language,” the instructor said.
In 1995, the city added such questions after rider complaints of drivers who were not fluent in English.
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1stupedaso
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2013 6:22:51 AM

cabbies should be paid the currency of the language they speak
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2013 5:58:50 AM

why does that not surprise me?
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endymion
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 10:27:05 PM

New York City cabbies are a reckless bunch.
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BBopp
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 6:03:34 AM

Don't lower the standards now. Taxi drivers should be adept.
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afghaned
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 5:16:37 AM

Take a Johnny Cab - Total Recall!!!
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nemoFL
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 3:42:14 AM

not suprised
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Ken2OD
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 3:18:42 AM

I've only been there once (and that was back in March of 1955 courtesy of the U.S. Army, boarding a troop ship), and after reading this, I'm not sure that I ever want to go back.
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300kmiles
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 2:36:33 AM

Major communication issues as well... Read?
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wshokie12
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 2:01:59 AM

How do they get there if they don't know where they are going?
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ILVET
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:49:11 AM

Dosent really matter to me as I cant afford to take a New York cab
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shephle
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:45:29 AM

That is a good sign
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nztyraider
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:43:54 AM

Surprised it's so high.
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evpark
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:42:12 AM

Hey it's New York, who cares?
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yelobus
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:41:57 AM

They should be a qualified as the London cabbies and they should bathe before they come to work.
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52MPG
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:40:01 AM

Talk to the driver before you get in the cab.
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VetteFan
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:38:15 AM

I'm glad the test is weeding out this many. It shows them the real world of driving there.
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OKRifle
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:38:14 AM

Who cares!
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carloco75
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:34:29 AM

This explains a lot...
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SHEP20715
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:32:50 AM

If you are going to interact with the public you need to be proficient in English
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us4usa
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:32:16 AM

Only a few care...
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PremierOneProp
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:31:26 AM

They need a better school to meet their deficiencies.
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lunarrv15
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:31:09 AM

Okay...interesting
thanks for posting on GB blog
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RENEGADEGAS
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:30:05 AM

Gas and energy prices??
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Ticoman54
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:29:56 AM

I guess many of these wannabe cab drivers will have to go back to school to get that 6th grade education.
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KrsnaDragon
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:29:17 AM

Here in Montréal, taxi drivers are predominantly Haitian and Persian. Virtually all of the Persian cab drivers have a technical or professional university degree, many at a Masters level, but they have difficulty finding employment in their various professions due to a lack of 'Canadian experience'. In addition to their own mother tongue and languages, all immigrant taxi drivers in Montréal absolutely need to be fluent in English and French. This means many, many Montréal taxi drivers are highly educated polyglot professionals who haven't been able to get a career break.
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Bruno44
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:29:09 AM

Sounds good.
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shiningknight15
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:28:56 AM

Get the bad drivers off the road.
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kgbellman
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:28:29 AM

That seems like a good thing. In Chicago I had excellent cabbies and a number that were lucky to even be able to drive. Seems like the tests should be more difficult if there is such a wide range of expertise.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:26:13 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:18:29 AM

SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD TEST
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Tigercat88
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:17:07 AM

The test should be harder.
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DirtDauber
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:16:10 AM

Consider the location.
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daviscw1117
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:14:58 AM

you have to read and understand English. half the the Born New Yorkers cant do that.
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BobD2009
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:13:49 AM

Emigrants who can't drive or speak English shouldn't have a hack license.
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ShadowACE
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:12:34 AM

Is it true that the test is not offered in English? or does it only seem that way?
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cifuentesab
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:09:52 AM

ok
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charg3rguy1991
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:08:46 AM

Anyone ever seen the taxi drivers on the amazing race, so yeah I can believe that a lot of them don't know what they are doing
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:08:15 AM

Using the GPS is not necessarily the most efficient means considering time penalties in $$$.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:06:40 AM

Very interesting and thought provoking article. Thanks!!!!
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:04:02 AM

- Very Interesting . . . .


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ningvoy
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:01:43 AM

Compare to London, which test is harder.
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Burger09
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:00:31 AM

Yawwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnn...
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oldred11
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 12:59:18 AM

That is probably a good thing.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 12:57:57 AM

OK
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granitestater
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 12:55:54 AM

A bunch of foreign-born illegal alien border-jumpers having trouble passing a test in a language they've never spoken and in a city they've never seen? --Surprise-surprise!!
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 12:55:39 AM

What does this have to do with the price of gasoline?
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SteveHawk
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 12:53:26 AM

test should be hard then only the best get there license
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69Bonne
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 12:52:02 AM

Let's hope they can understand English.
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probedude2
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 12:51:55 AM

better drivers, too
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 12:51:22 AM

driving around nyc is hectic enough
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