Saturday, December 4, 2010

Good onya! New taxi regulation Down Under: language proficiency

From The Australian:
Queensland yesterday fell into line with the new Australian Transport Council rule, announcing it would demand "conversational English" standards of all would-be taxi drivers before they start training.
Applicants' English skills would be independently tested.
Undercover surveillance by inspectors, posing as passengers, last year found that 20 per cent of taxi drivers were not following the road rules.
Queensland Transport Minister Rachel Nolan said yesterday six of 57 applicants had failed the English test this month, which was introduced ahead of yesterday's tabling in parliament of the new rules.
It's noteworthy that Australia has no official language.  Evidently, taxi regulation is a back-door way of imposing one. 

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