Welcome to the New Knowledge of London website
About The Knowledge
All licensed taxi drivers in the capital
must have an in depth knowledge of the topography of London,
'The Knowledge'. For would be All London or 'Green Badge'
holders, this means that they need to have a detailed knowledge
of London within a six mile radius of Charing Cross. This is
based on 320 routes (or 'runs') as set out in the Public
Carriage Office "Guide to Learning the Knowledge of London" (the
'Blue Book')They also need to know the places of interest and
important landmarks on the route and within a quarter mile
radius of both start and finish points.
When they attend the Public Carriage
Office for their first examination, candidates must pay a once
only fee of £100. Candidates are tested on the knowledge during
one to one interviews (called appearances) after a basic written
test where they are given start and finish points and required
to detail the shortest routes between them.
A review of the delivery of testing of the
knowledge is presently being undertaken with a view to improving
efficiency, by the judicious use of information technology.
A booklet entitled “Becoming a London Taxi Driver” can be
obtained by attending the PCO between 8am to 4pm or by
telephoning 0845 602 7000.
About This Site
This site has been launched to fill the gap on
the internet of a a regularly updated website dedicated to the
Knowledge. A site dedicated to the Knowledge is only as good as
the content within so we aim to add as much content as possible
when time permits.
We will be adding more content every week so
it is worth checking regularly as we think that any knowledge
student will find this site useful.
We have added a basic message board to the
site as this format seems to be favoured by most people
undertaking the knowledge.
There is also a fully featured Forum running
on our TaxiTalk server along with an e-mail based discussion
If there is anything feature that you would
like to see added to this site then please let us know by
filling in our feedback form.