Obtaining a taxi driver’s licence in Prague likely to be more difficult
Tests for future taxi drivers in part of the Czech Republic including the capital could soon get a little harder, requiring more than geographical knowledge or how to operate a taximeter. Under an amendment being prepared by the Transport Ministry, individual municipalities could opt for stricter rules, for example, requiring taxi drivers to complete psychological and foreign-language tests.
Further changes proposed could also limit the maximum age of taxis in service or make it easier to remand taxi drivers’ licences in the case of transgressions, as well as tighten restrictions for service providers. Tomas Nerold, the spokesman for the country’s Transport Ministry, explains:
“We want them to bear responsibility for the driver truly having a [valid] license.”
That, however, has been met with scepticism by at least some in the taxi business. Daniel Tarjovski of the Czech Association of Taxi Concession Holders had the following response on Czech TV:
Along with Prague the country’s second-largest city Brno has also signalled it will adopt the proposed changes, reportedly expanding them even for so-called ‘You Drink and We Drive’ services in which a professional driver takes the owner and their vehicle home.
Liberec, north of Prague, by contrast, wants to make it easier for taxi drivers to obtain licences and easier to retake tests if need be, Czech TV said.