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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

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Taxi to Inverness. Will you take a Czech?
By Caroline Davies
(Filed: 05/08/2006)

The latest commodity to be exported from East to West is currently rolling off the production line in Prague and heading, literally, straight for your street.
These taxi drivers come fully adapted to the British market, complete with knowledge of the Highway Code, how to find a good pub in Plymouth and the quickest route from Iona Road to Birnie Terrace in Inverness. And demand is soaring.
So far around 200 Eastern European drivers from Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have arrived in Britain having studied at a hot-housing taxi school in the Czech capital.
Most have landed in Plymouth, home of the company TaxiFast, which first looked to Eastern Europe 18 months ago after failing to attract enough local recruits to meet its annual five million passenger journeys.
A quarter of its 400-strong workforce now comes through its Prague training school, run in conjunction with the Prague recruitment agency Dunross.
Daily Telegraph

2 Comments:

Blogger gazza27 said...

They do that round here,they just give them sat nav and their away?

8:45 PM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Sat nav, eh? There've been one or two funny stories about sat nav!
you can't beat personal knowledge of an area, though.

12:36 PM  

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