You Talkin’ to Me? English No Longer a Must for NYC Cabbies

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(AP)—Drivers who want to get behind the wheel of one of New York City’s yellow cabs are tested on a host of regulations before they can get their licenses.

One thing they’re no longer being tested on? A grasp of the English language.

A new law aimed at creating a uniform licensing process for drivers has done away with the written English test that used to be required for anyone wanting to drive a yellow cab — but not for people working for services like Uber or Lyft.

Sponsors of the law say it will eliminate a barrier to the profession for immigrants, who make up 96 percent of the city’s taxi drivers.

Critics say it’s a bad idea and that a good command of English should still be required.

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