8/20/16, "NYC Cab Drivers no longer required to speak English," yellowcabnyctaxi.com
"New York City taxi drivers will no longer have to pass an English
test under new rules designed to make it easier for immigrants to get
behind the wheel of a yellow cab.
Under regulations that went into effect Friday, the test for a taxi license will be available in several languages.
The change was approved by the City Council in April and signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The New York Times reports that city officials sought parity with
app-based ride services such as Uber, which don’t require an English
The city’s taxi drivers have been overwhelmingly foreign-born for decades.
According to the Taxi and Limousine Commission, just 4 percent of current drivers were born in the United States."
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