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Taxi drivers take self-defence class

PUBLISHED: 13:48 24 February 2010 | UPDATED: 11:30 23 August 2010

LEARNING everything from parking rights to self-defence, a group of taxi drivers have become the first to receive a new qualification. The group of 56, who are both Hackney carriage and private hire drivers in Gravesham, received certificates for the tax

LEARNING everything from parking rights to self-defence, a group of taxi drivers have become the first to receive a new qualification.

The group of 56, who are both Hackney carriage and private hire drivers in Gravesham, received certificates for the taxi driving NVQ and B-tech awards at a ceremony at Gravesend Civic Centre this month.

Rick Davis, a member of the United Taxi Group of Gravesend, which represents drivers in the borough was one of the recipients.

He said: "I have been driving a taxi for 21 years but it was useful as it covered everything. The government is looking at making it compulsory to have a qualification so we took it upon ourselves to take action instead of it being forced on us."

There are around 200 taxi drivers in the borough and the United Taxi Group is encouraging all of them to achieve the NVQ, with a sign up for another 50 opening in March.

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