Taxi driver training in NYC - FOX 13 News

Taxi driver training in NYC

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

You might think that cab driver teaching and training happens on the road, but in fact most of it is in the classroom.

To enter the doors of Master Cabbie Taxi Academy, one of four taxicab schools in New York, you must have a chauffeur license, a clean driving record, a medical exam, and between $300 and $800 to spend on a 10-day course in being a New York City cabbie, ending in the exam.

Here is a sample question on the exam: In Manhattan, Lenox Avenue and St. Nicholas Street meet at

  • A. Central Park North
  • B. Central Park South
  • C. Fredrick Douglass Blvd.
  • D. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.

The correct answer is A. Central Park North.

At least 50 percent fail the test.

Cab driver Mozibur Rachman told us that only after he passed the the test and got his cabbie, or hack, license was he actually asked to put the pedal to the metal on the streets of New York when he sought employment.

TLC Commissioner and Chair David Yassky said the current can driver certification program is enough. He said the TLC drug tests applicants and checks their driving records.

There is no uniform road testing for cab drivers in New York.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • NY grand jury to weigh charges for Tony Stewart

    NY grand jury to weigh charges for Tony Stewart

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:43:05 GMT
    A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said he made the decision to present the case to a grand jury after reviewing evidence collected by county sheriff's investigators.
    A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said he made the decision to present the case to a grand jury after reviewing evidence collected by county sheriff's investigators.
  • Boater gets prison for fatal Hudson River crash

    Boater gets prison for fatal Hudson River crash

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:18 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:18:53 GMT
    A man who was drunk when he crashed a powerboat into a construction barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in jail. The victims' families, who say poor lighting on the barge was the main cause of the collision on the Hudson River, called the sentence "incomplete justice."
    A man who was drunk when he crashed a powerboat into a construction barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in jail. The victims' families, who say poor lighting on the barge was the main cause of the collision on the Hudson River, called the sentence "incomplete justice."
  • NY: Wal-Mart levied fake 'sugar tax' on soda

    NY: Wal-Mart levied fake 'sugar tax' on soda

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:53 PM EDT2014-09-16 18:53:56 GMT
    New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying stores were charging a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda.
    New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying some store personnel were citing a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda. Investigators say some consumers who complained were falsely told the state has a "sugar tax." They say the markup of more than 16 percent violated state laws.
Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices