Under the new rules, taxi drivers in affluent areas like in the Oadby and Wigston, located in Leicestershire, need to prove their fluency in English. Be it in writing or speaking, taxi drivers need to prove their fluency and result of the passed level 2 test in English proficiency.
According to the new policy, “a requirement for all drivers on first application and renewal to provide proof of their proficiency in English, where English is not their first language”.
It further adds, “The policy requires evidence of an English test up to level 2 to be provided with every application submitted where English is not the first language. The purpose of the English Level 2 qualification is to prepare the learner for work, study and life. Learners who achieve this qualification will demonstrate the ability to read, write, speak, listen and communicate in English.”
Oadby and Wigston in the Leicestershire council are controlled by the Conservative Party. There are still two Tory seats in this upmarket area. This policy also features changes for cabbies, including training in recognising “County Lines” criminals.
County Lines gangs in the city takes advantage of vulnerable in town, to sell drugs and perform other illegal operations. The council decided not to introduce mandatory CCTV cameras inside taxis.
The maximum age of vehicles at the point when a first application for a licence is made will be lowered from five to four years, although that will not be brought in until April 2022.
The council didn’t give any information about contents of drivers, but said, “The council has assessed the comments and amended the policy and put measures in place to allow the taxi industry to take appropriate action.”