London Taxis – How Do They Keep Their Fares So Low?

In London, you will see these black cabs everywhere. But, have you ever wondered how the drivers of these cars manage to keep their fares so low? And, what are the most important aspects of London taxis? Read on to find out! Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your London taxi experience! 1. Test the Drivers’ Memory

Taking a London taxi

When visiting London, you may wonder how to get around the city without getting lost. One of the best ways to get around London is to take a taxi. While the price of a London cab is considerably higher than that of a ride-share service like Uber, black cabs are often faster and more reliable. They can avoid traffic jams, roadwork, and protest marches. Another benefit of London cabs is that the drivers can often provide you with a wealth of information. Drivers often boast of knowing the city like the back of their hand and can provide you with detailed directions if asked.

Drivers’ brains

Researchers in the United Kingdom have discovered that the brains of qualified London taxi drivers are different from those of unqualified cabbies. The difference between the two lies in the amount of grey matter, the nerve cells that make up the brain, that is, the space in which information is processed. Drivers who were successful at their licensing examinations had larger amounts of gray matter in the posterior hippocampus than those who failed the test.

Memorization test

In this study, we used a memory test to investigate the performance of London taxi drivers on “the Knowledge” exam. This test requires drivers to memorize over 26,000 streets in London and navigate without the use of a GPS device. These drivers had to spend three to four years practicing for the test. We also tested their memory skills for individual items and retrograde memory, as well as their executive functions, which include working memory and perceptual processes.


The SPLT is the body that regulates the safety of London taxis. They are responsible for educating and training taxi drivers on the best practices in passenger safety. Some of these tips include the use of CCTV, installing a decoy money bag, and fitting lockable sliding screens between the driver and the customer. Passengers should not be given personal information, such as their names and telephone numbers, or mention that they are finishing a shift and going home. Taxi drivers are also educated about known trouble spots and places and how to avoid them. These safety tips are updated regularly through trade magazines and newsletters.

Age of vehicles

The age limit for London taxis is due to be cut to 12 years for Euro 3, 4 and 5 vehicles from November 2020. Currently, the age limit for these vehicles is 15 years. The proposed reduction will be one year a year until the limit reaches 12 years. However, zero emission and Euro 6 taxis will still have a 15-year limit. This is to improve the safety of the passengers. In the future, it is hoped that this age limit will be lowered to ten years.

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