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'The Knowledge' gains City & Guilds accreditation

Transport for London has announced that the testing system behind London's world-famous 'Knowledge of London' (the Knowledge) has received official accreditation by City & Guilds.

In order to become a licensed taxi driver in the Capital, candidates must first pass the Knowledge. The exam is designed to prove that they have an in-depth understanding of the complex road network and places of interest in the city. The system aims to ensure London's licensed taxi drivers remain amongst the most qualified in the world to get passengers from A to B.

Ken Livingstone said: "The Knowledge has a world wide reputation for producing highly-trained, professional taxi drivers, and now City & Guilds accreditation will provide an additional, independent seal of approval."

Chris Humphries, director general of City & Guilds said: "It's important for both drivers and passengers to know that the Knowledge is a sound training and examining system. It will give passengers peace of mind to know that the system has been independently assessed and approved. It is also a great way of professionalising one of the country's oldest occupations and City & Guilds is proud to lend its name to the Knowledge."

Transport for London says drivers will notice no difference in the process of becoming licensed taxi drivers in London, except that from now on they will see the 'Accredited by City & Guilds' logo on all Knowledge-related literature.

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