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Private hire drivers should not do the English Test if they have experience of 5+ years!

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It is scary to think that you may be forced out of a job that you have been doing all your life. My dad has been working as a private hire driver for over 10 years and now he is being forced to take an English test which may result in him losing his job.

How can it be right for people who have dedicated themselves to work as private hire drivers for years, to have to undertake and pay for an English test?

This is just not fair.

That is why I’m calling on Sadiq Khan to stop forcing those with over 5 years experience of working as private hire drivers to do this test.

It is true that many of these drivers may not have the best writing skills but they are smart enough to discuss the best route with a passenger, the fare and whatever else the job entails.

For example my dad is not the best at written communication which means he may fail the English writing test, however over his 10 years of working as a private hire driver he has had no problem communicating with passengers effectively and the passengers have had no problem understanding him!

I am currently a college student, faced with the constant worry that my dad may be out of a job, not being able to put food on our table, and the affect it will have on my future and my family.

That is why I’ve started this campaign - to support all private hire drivers, who like my dad are skilled drivers whose livelihoods are being threatened.

Let's all stand united and make ourselves heard, our livelihoods hang in the balance!

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