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How to become a London taxi driver

Yes, you can!

A new booklet promoting the Knowledge to potential taxi drivers has just been published online

How to become a London Taxi driver

How to become a London taxi driver has been compiled by TPH. It talks about the proud history of the profession in London and shows people how they can become part of that tradition going into the future.

Katie Chennells, Knowledge of London Manager at TPH explains: ‘Driving a taxi is a great, flexible career and the booklet is a really good tool for showing would-be taxi drivers what people already doing the job feel about it.’

The booklet contains chapters on how to apply to study the Knowledge, the different stages to learning, how the system of appearances works and what individuals need to do to be successful students. There are also case studies with students and working cabbies giving their reasons for wanting to complete the Knowledge, and why they love being taxi drivers.

Katie and her team are now taking the printed copies of the booklet into schools and colleges to inspire the next generation of London’s finest.

Learning the Knowledge of London

Top tips for getting to grips with the Knowledge

  • Set achievable short-term targets – for example, learning a certain number of runs by a certain date

  • Do as much work as you can by travelling on London’s roads – the more you do, the easier it becomes

  • Recite the runs while you are exploring London as it will help you to remember the information

  • Join a Knowledge school – this can make a big difference to how you go about learning. You will be with others who are also learning and can talk to people who are further along, and to tutors who have already passed

  • Talk to your fellow Knowledge students to get advice and support while you’re learning. It can be hard for friends and family to understand the process and talking to people who are going through it – or have already passed – can help you to keep your focus and determination

  • Get yourself a call-over partner to practise what you have learnt – preferably this would be someone who is also learning the Knowledge

  • Learning some of the history for the area of the run you’re studying can make it easier to remember key points of interest

  • Try to enjoy the process. London is steeped in history and is one of the most remarkable cities in the world

You can read the booklet at tfl.gov.uk/knowledge