I’ve know about this legendary test since sometime in the early 80s when PBS ran a BBC miniseries about it. I get why it’s so difficult, London being such an incredibly old city that its streets are a nightmarish, constantly changing hodge-podge of very old and very new streets. But what I don’t quite get is this: I’ve read that it takes nearly four years of intense, serious study to prepare for and pass ‘The Knowledge’ exam. But how can a London cab driver’s salary possibly be commensurate to such effort?
The recession notwithstanding, in the US a four-year college degree would certainly offer better opportunities than being a cab driver. In fact, regardless of the city’s size, driving a cab in the US is always considered little more than a bottom-tier, entry-level job. All you need is a drivers license and a pulse. I don’t mean to over-emphasize any social stigma, but that’s just the practical reality.
So are London cab fares significantly more than in the US? Or is it just the difference in the countries economies and/or cultures that make them so different?