Did you know?
• It was once law that the Hackney Carriage had to be designed with enough room for a bale of hay in the boot and a man wearing a top hat inside. This is no longer the case
• The meter on a black cab is set by Transport for London and the rate is calculated by an algorithm of time and distance
• Inspectors from Transport for London can stop, check and prevent a cab from working if it doesn’t meet strict safety precautions. They’re also used to catch rogue mini-cab drivers picking up fares from the street or from licensed ranks, where Hackney Carriage drivers alone are licensed to work
• There’s no time limit on how many hours a day a black-cab driver may work
• Passing the Knowledge involves a self-assessment test, two written stages—for which you must achieve a 60% pass rate—and three oral exams