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Taxi drivers must now pass an entrepreneurial test to stay in business.

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Around 1,000 taxi operators will soon be informed that their operators’ licenses are revoked, according to the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency, Traficom.

Last year, a series of amendments to the legislation on taxi services came into force. One of these laws stipulates that taxi drivers must now pass an entrepreneurship test to obtain a license.

The deadline to pass the test was in May. Entrepreneurs who entered the industry after 2018 had a year to pass the test.

The aim of the entrepreneurial test and associated training is to raise the skill level of taxi entrepreneurs,” according to Pasi Hautalahtichief adviser to the traffic authority.

Last fall, checks carried out across the country revealed that many drivers lacked basic knowledge of how to operate as an entrepreneur in Finland.

“Part of that is due to language skills. Often it’s just ignorance rather than willful neglect,” Hautalahti said.

Traficom is currently sending decisions to those whose license has been revoked.

In the fall, the agency plans to carry out checks to ensure that operators who have lost their taxi licenses are no longer in business.

There were 10,499 valid taxi licenses across the country in July. The figure fell by around 2,000 from the same period last year.

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