Black cab drivers in London are to be trained to respond to medical emergencies and terror attacks.
Taxi hailing app mytaxi has developed a course to boost the ‘health, safety and people skills’ of its 17,500 drivers in the capital.
The Knowledge+ programme, which takes its name from the navigation exam sat by all London taxi drivers, includes life-saving techniques such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use a defibrillator.
Participants will also be taught how to deal with emergencies such as acid attacks, choking, strokes and severe bleeding.
Chris Phillips, former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, will advise on counter-terrorism and security training.
A psychologist will also provide body language tips in a bid to help drivers put passengers at ease by reading situations more easily.