Thursday, 23 March 2017



Macedonia: All Cab Drivers to Learn English by 2017!



BalkanTravellers.com   
21 November | Knowledge of basic English will become a requirement to obtain a taxi driver’s license in Republic of Macedonia, announced the local press today. Amendments in its Public Transport Law are about to turn this demand into obligation for drivers, who wish to operate in the larger cities of Skopje, Ohrid and Struga. Those are the most frequented by tourists, according to country’s transportation and communications minister Mile Janakieski.

Three years are sufficient as a notice to people, who would like to keep or obtain licenses, local authorities explained. They said both the language courses and the certificates, which the drivers would obtain at graduation, would be free of charge.

Many cab drivers opposed the move. A significant number of them being pensioners, they said it is not reasonable to make English language knowledge obligatory.

 

 

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