Thursday 21 September 2017

Road map to success lies in the geography

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Applicants have one hour and 45 minutes to successfully pass the small Public Service Vehicles (SPSV) Skills Development Test, which allows them to get a taxi licence to enter the industry.

The Irish Independent failed the test when it sat it in Dublin last week.

The test consists of 90 questions in two sections. The first section consists of 54 questions relating to the rules and regulations of operating in the SPSV industry, and the second part is the so-called "knowledge" test where drivers are asked 36 questions about the geography of the area in which they wish to operate.

An 80pc mark must be achieved in each section to pass. The Irish Independent achieved 87pc in the rules and regulations section (an A2) but just 66pc in the knowledge test -- or a C1.

All questions are based on multiple choice and each question has four possible answers. All of section one (The Rules) can be learnt by studying the official manual of the industry.

But it was the knowledge test that led to our failure.

Born outside Dublin, the Irish Independent reporter did not know what road Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium was on (answer: South Lotts Road).

The average pass rate of the industry knowledge section is 60pc, while the average pass rate of the area knowledge section is 23pc.

Irish Independent

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