By Sarah Townsend
RTA is reportedly looking to Singapore and the UK, where London cab drivers have to pass the navigation test known as “the Knowledge” for inspiration
New taxi drivers in Dubai will be required to pass tests on English comprehension and navigation, it emerged on Sunday.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) plans to hire new taxi drivers based on their understanding of English and their ability to find their way around the city, 7 Days reported.
According to the newspaper, the RTA is preparing to introduce language, psychometric and problem-solving tests for new recruits – and they will also be asked to take a test on a driving simulator to demonstrate their skills.
The RTA is reportedly looking to places such as Singapore and the UK that have similar requirements for taxi drivers. In London, for example, drivers of the city’s official ‘black cabs’ have to pass a test known as ‘the Knowledge’ before they qualify as a cabbie.
However, 26-year-old Dubai taxi driver Ali Khan, reportedly told 7 Days it would be “unfair” to dismiss drivers if they had poor English language skills.
“It will be good for the ones who can speak English, but what about the ones who are fast learners and are hard workers? They should be given a chance,” he said.