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• 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

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