File illustration picture showing the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign

Maybe it’s time for a change after 300 years? Let’s face it unless a cabbie presents you with his certificate and the receipts for the thousands of pounds of training, tests, courses, etc etc to become a cabbie you wouldn’t know the difference.

BBC News Magazine says “The aim is that once qualified, they can get a passenger home anywhere in London as quickly and safely as possible. The written exam at the end of their training costs £200 and the practical test another £400. These are in addition to the expense of training, with several Knowledge schools offering courses.”

In answer to that “Uber claims that its use of GPS technology alleviates the need for such learning today. Its drivers are vetted to ensure they haven’t committed sexual or violent offences, as are licensed cabbies.”

So GPS, something we all use on a daily basis is bad for the traditional London cabbie? I say stop fighting progress and charging honest people lots of money to train and customers inflated prices because of that training. Do you want to get home in one piece right? Uber can do that. You don’t want to go a long way for a shortcut? Uber taxi has that covered now they can buy the most up to date GPS and SatNav technology. You don’t want a guy or girl who is on ‘the’ register either? Sorted! Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for 2nd, 3rd and even 4th chances for the recently reformed but if someone has done 3 months inside for a DUI he or she aren’t going to be my first choice cabbie candidate.

With Uber growing in Edinburgh and Glasgow, what say ye?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32743777

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