Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 27, 1973 · Page 18
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 18

Galesburg, Illinois
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Wednesday, June 27, 1973
Page 18
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GQJesbufo.RafljatflfrMgil, <3Qj(6 >buffl/,JlL .-W0 .dn-a $doy» Jurtg3?* 1973 19 Getting Around London Would-be London cabbies, above, are better known as "knowledge boys" as they drive around on motorcycles studying routes to satisfy examiners they have memorized some of the 93,000 possible routes they may be called on to use. Below, sights of London no tourist is likely to miss—Big Ben, the London bus and the London cab. The Taxi has changed in design only twice since World War II. London Taxi Drivers Earn Their Esteem By CAROL KENNEDY LONDON — Whatever London (tonidmanks it/he tourist may rnidiss on his hoiday there is • one he is affimasit sure to sample — the Lomdion taxi. A distiincitiijve black vehicle — itlhiougfo la handful have mow btosBomed in color — which has changed in design only twice since World War II and which can sSM aooom- imoidaibe passengers wearing top hats, ifehe London taxi and' its driver command aifffleotion- lalte respect (around Ithe world. INDEED, ONE CAB company does..a thriving export trade in obsolete taxis. They sell readily to American en. itihusia'sfc at lour times their domestic value. As for tfihe "cabbie" himself, his repuitatilon is well earned, for he undergoes the toughest tests before he can spoilt (the green 'badge entitling him to ply for hire in cen­ tal iLonidon>. 'Nat only musit he demon- state Skilled control of his hiighly mian'euvemble vehicle — London cabbies' U -turns are spectacular — but also he must cainry a detailed map of the city in his head and be a citizen of good character, for his icensinig authority and ultimate controller is ithe Com- miisisi'anier of Metropolitan Police. A candidate trains in his own time and at his own expense, either independently or with one of the few special schools in London. Several of these are operated by garages which require a successful driver to sign a contract with them for a stated time. ACQUIRING "the knowledge," as drivers call it, can take years. You must satisfy the five examiners of the Public Carriage Office in north London and few would- be cabbies can afford to train full time. The average pass period is 15 months, with examinations every month to begin with and later at two- weekly intervals. The first check is for medical fitness and police record. Then the candidate is handed! a little booklet containing 26 lists of 18 sample runs — a total of 468 routes covering an area six miles in radius from Charing Cross Station. The first examination takes place a month later. As he works through the book the driver will be expected to be able to reel off every road his cab would take on each route named by the examiner. He also faces supplementary questions on prominent buildings in the neighborhood amdi by the end will know routes between any of London's principal clubs, theatres, hospitals, hotels, railway stations, art gailleries, departr meet stores and other land* marks. BILL D' ARC Y, secretary ofi the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Assn., once worked out that there arc some 93,000 possible questions in line "bHuis book." Trainee drivers — or "knowledge twys" — dash Carol Kennedy is a London Journalist round London on motor scooters — occasionally bicycles — learning their routes from maps propped on the handle- bare. For seven cr eight •months of examinations they may hardly get one question right and many become discouraged. About half the applicants — up to 5,000 at any one time — will falU by the wayside, although a candidate is never "failed" on ithe knowledge test since there is no timei limit. There is also a simpler suburban knowledge test andl the special driving test in a See 'Cabbies'- (Continued on Page 22) SAVE LIKE A MILLIONAIRE ON AS LITTLE AS $100! ACTUAL RETURN ON 2 YR. MATURITY 5%% 0/ CERTIFICATE 0 Of DEPOSIT Automatically renewable, Interest compounded quarterly. First National I iul Ualchliuig Nniluiul Udiik & Tiuit / UiiablishcJ 1863 / Member F.D.I.C. Sears Jiff 1 i|l 11IH W &&~s 111 MiTTiTT CHILDREN'S lll.MMII • IMIIIMIIIUI r quick changes i Shorts 'n tops Cool little things to pop on that pop right into the washing machine. And thanks to Perma-PresKS) fabrics, many nee dno ironing when tumble dried! Come see this great big, all sizes collection of summer shorts and tops. Specially priced at $1 each. In sunny solids, stripes and lots of playtime prints. Select from toddlers' sizes 1T-4T; little girls' and boys' sizes 2-6x; bigger glrle' sizes 7-14; bigger boys' sizes 8-12. But better hurry! Shop at Sears and Save Satisfaction Guaranteed or Your Money Back STORE HOURS: Monday and Friday 1 Tge*., Wed., Thun., Sit. 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. I 9 AM. to 5:00 ?M. Sears. Roebuck sad Co. v

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