Back on the Cab Rank

I’m amazed to have received so many messages since I left TfL.  This was after my second spell as a Knowledge examiner, where I was a temp for eight months.  I’ve had so many responses that it’s impossible to answer every posting made to my blog, the Knowledge of London Facebook page, and the Wizann forum.  Many people have asked questions about the Knowledge and about cab driving.  I’ve answered as many as time has allowed, but I’m now back as a full time cab driver – and part time writer.  I’ve noted all the questions I’ve been asked and I intend to use the issues raised for future articles.  I will definitely be producing some guidance to handling the Knowledge process.  These pieces will be accessible from my blog (pubcat.co), the London Knowledge of London Facebook page, and possibly in trade publications.

It’s not my policy to accept Friend requests to my personal Facebook page.  If you’re looking on my Facebook page for Knowledge tips, there’s nothing for you here.  Cab trade-related comments are posted elsewhere.  My Facebook page mostly contains daft comments between long-standing friends, and pictures of cats doing funny things.  I also want to retain some privacy.  The more open I am on social media, the more exposed I am to hackers, scammers and trolls. And the more open I am to the probing of MI5, the FBI, Mossad, Russian Intelligence (no offence, Gert); and worst of all, TfL Spooks.  So far, the funny cat pictures have acted as a smokescreen to my subversion, but if I “disappear” after criticising the TfL regime, you’ll know what’s happened.

My aim is to entertain my Knowledge and cab driver colleagues.  The Knowledge thrives on assumptions and rumour.  My comments on cab-related issues are personal to me.  Any views I give come from my philosophy and experience, the way I see things.  I can’t speak for all Examiners, as they all have their own philosophies and ways of doing things.  Lastly, you need a sense of humour in our game.  Please don’t take things too seriously!

Be lucky.

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2 responses to “Back on the Cab Rank

  1. Wazza

    Hi Sir,

    Currently on 28s was lucky enough to meet you on a appearance just before you left and managed to score my first B, Thanks! Came across as a very approachable person that straight away put me at ease.

    One question seeing as you are a careers advisor, would you advise people this is a profession that is still worth all the effort we have to put in to obtain the green badge.

    Starting to get disillusioned with all that is going on. The amount of minicab’s that is on the road now is not so much a joke as a disgrace. Roads seem at a standstill and are only getting worse.

    I’ve put too much in to even think of giving it up but if I was looking to start the K now im not sure I would.

    Honestly if I came to you looking for carers advice and said to you im thinking of doing the K, what would you advise me?

    Thanks

    • Thanks for your words. Your question of whether I’d advise people to start the Knowledge is something I often think about. Broadly speaking, it depends whether you think you’d like the work or not. It’s a guaranteed job, unless you do something stupid. And you have no boss. Would your time be better spent at university? Not necessarily. I have two degrees, but I’m back driving a cab, and I’m reasonably happy. I enjoy the feeling of freedom, Things are a bit depressed in the trade at present, but we’ve been through worse. Money-wise, it’s pretty average: similar to being an Examiner, actually. There’s little security in the cab trade by means of sick pay, healthcare, or company pension; but we don’t pay much tax or NI. Yours is an interesting question and I’m going to return to it at a later date, possibly as a full scale article.

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