Sunday, August 6
The latest commodity to be exported from East to West is currently rolling off the production line in Prague and heading, literally, straight for our streets. Apparently a school over there is training potential taxi drivers; these taxi drivers come fully adapted to the British market, complete with knowledge of the Highway Code and a good grasp of English. So far around 200 Eastern European drivers from Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have arrived in Britain having studied at the taxi school in the Czech capital. Most have been recruited for firms in Plymouth and Inverness but with promises of earning four or five times as much over here than back home I think maybe it won’t be too long before we see some locally. This is going to be even more likely when even poorer countries join the EU such as Bulgaria and Albania. Maybe some local cabbies should think about when and not if this happens and maybe smarten up a bit and to remember that we are a service industry and the only way to compete is to give a good service to the public.