Taxis get the knowledge

Lisbon taxi drivers are to receive training in public relations, tourist knowledge and English. The scheme, organised by Lisbon’s Câmara, aims to equip the capital’s cabbies with a wider knowledge of their city and the ability to serve their clients better. The initiative comes at a time when it is hoped that many tourists will be visiting Portugal for Euro 2004 and the Rock in Rio-Lisboa music festival. These two events will receive special attention in the training programme.

The courses will be classroom based and will be conducted mainly on audio-cassette. There will be 12 hours of classes about public relations, eight hours on tourist information and 42 hours of English language lessons.

Cabbies who complete the course will be awarded a certificate.