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Taxi Drivers Are No Longer Required To Speak English

An Aussie State has quietly dropped the requirement for cabbies to speak English.

Taxi drivers will no longer have to pass an English test in Queensland after the State Government changed the requirements for new drivers. 

It's a move that has made activists in Sydney and Melbourne uncomfortable with many arguing it is vital for drivers to have clear communication with passengers.

The Courier Mail reports Queensland Parliament have removed the following from the law:

Section 20C(1)(b) - "be able to speak and understand English" and Section 20C(1)(c) - "have a knowledge of common destinations and major connecting roads within the taxi service area where the applicant intends to drive the taxi" are just two of several requirements that have been removed from the Transport Operations (Passenger Transport) Act 1994.

Section 20C(1)(a) was also removed, meaning that drivers are not required to have an: "Australian open, provisional or probationary licence of the appropriate class for at least 1 year during the 3 year period."

Previously, drivers had to sit an English test through a registered training organisation if they planned to drive in a “major taxi area”.

Rosebery resident Lisa Halliday said she wouldn't mind if the changes were introduced in Sydney. 

"When I am travelling in other countries where I don't speak the language I just show the driver an address on my phone," she said. 

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