NYC cab drivers no longer required to pass English test under new law – not everyone is thrilled

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has taken another step towards making his city the liberal utopia he dreams of.

New legislation signed by the mayor, and enacted on Friday, no longer requires taxi drivers to pass an English proficiency test to obtain their licenses to operate cabs, according to the New York Times.

Prospective cabbies will now be allowed to take their driver’s exams in a multitude of languages.

The new law was enacted so that cab companies could better compete with Uber which does not require its drivers to take such an exam, the Times reported.

“It doesn’t matter as long as they get me there safely,” passenger Darryl Whiting told the Times.

But not everyone is thrilled with the decision.

“You have to communicate with the customer,” taxi school student Pasang Sherpa said. “You’re driving a cab—you’re dealing with the public.”

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