London is requiring employees to pass an English language exam to work at this company -- and the company does not approve
Requirements for being an Uber driver are bound to require a clean driving record, a valid driver's license and decent communication skills.
But per a new law just issued in London, driver's across the pond will now have to pass another rather controversial requirement – an English language proficiency exam.
London's transportation agency, Transport for London, explained in a statement on its website:
"Communicating with passengers to discuss a route, or fare, as well as reading, understanding and being able to respond to important regulatory, safety and travel information sent by TfL is crucial to a driver's role in transporting the public."
The new policy will apply to all Uber drivers, regardless of their country of origin.
Unfortunately, taking the test itself will cost drivers.
Drivers for the company may have to pay up to $245 (200 pounds) to take the exam, which includes a written portion.
Uber isn't keen on the city's new policy, especially because a writing requirement is already part of the application process:
"Thousands of drivers who've spent years providing a great service to Londoners will now have to fork out 200 pounds and pass a writing exam, try to find an old GCSE certificate or lose their license and their livelihood."
Drivers who applied to work for Uber from October 14, 2016 until the end of March have until March 31, 2017 to complete the test.
From April 1, 2017 onward, the test will have to be completed prior to applying to the company.
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