Yellow Badge Runs
|The List of Routes issued to you by the TfL is more commonly know as "Blue Book Runs", these runs are no more than a simple list of journeys from one point to another. Below is a list of the first 3 runs for Enfield, Haringey, and Waltham Forest (Sector 1) as an example but the philosophy is exactly the same for all 9 Sectors: |
|Lee Valley Ice Centre, E10 ||to ||Taxi Rank, Kenwood House, N6 |
|Coppetts Wood Hospital, N10 |
|to ||Exeter Road, N9 |
|Coca Cola Education Centre, Nobel Road, N18 ||to ||Leyton Underground Station |
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|Dependent upon your chosen Sector the number of runs ranges from 30 to 51 each run comprises a beginning and end point. Understanding how Points relate to the list of Yellow Badge Runs is the basic foundation of the knowledge of your Sector. You must be aware that the list of Yellow Badge Blue Book Runs are only a guide. For this reason knowing the right way to learn your runs is very important. You need to be aware the list of Yellow Badge Runs given to you by TfL are only a guide to what you will need to learn. For this reason, knowing the right way to go about learning your Yellow Badge Runs is very important. |
|Taxi Trade Promotions have produced its own Yellow Badge training material including Blue Book Runs for each of the 9 Sectors that have been specifically designed and formulated to the standard required by TfL. We have worked out all the runs for you and listed 8 alternative points at the beginning and end of each run to help you through the learning process. |
NB You will not acquire a sufficient Knowledge simply by either using a computer or a map, you will only gain the necessary Knowledge by actually travelling the 1/2 mile radius areas and runs.
An Examiner will NOT usually ask you a run listed in the Yellow Badge Blue Book but runs which NEARLY CORRESPOND to those runs. For this reason you need to understand the how to learn the Dumb-Bell effect
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|Understanding the Dumb-Bell effect |
Based on the first run for Sector 1 for example, an examiner may want to go from any of the points in Circle A to any of the points in Circle B (Diagram 1). The route between the circles always remains basically the same. However you need to know how to get from any of the points in the circle to the start of the run, if you do not know the beginning point or end point then you cannot answer the run itself.
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|Unless you cover the alternative points whilst you are in the area you will have to go back over the same ground again later to collect these points. You do not need to worry about finding points on the actual run, as these points take care of themselves at a later date. You only need to find points within a 1/2 mile radius of each of the blue book points. This is more commonly know as the Dumb-Bell, see Diagram 1. |
As you go through the runs learning each run with alternative points at the beginning and end, gradually you will find you are building a mental picture of a map of the Sector you are learing in your head and creating a visual image of the runs and the points at the beginning and end of each run.
It is easy to be tempted into racing through the Yellow Badge Runs, doing as many runs as possible. However in the long term you will get through the knowledge quicker if you concentrate on the quality of your learning rather than the quantity.
Remember it is not a race. There is no logic to learning 10 or 20 runs with each of the 1/2 mile radius areas if at the end of the day you can only remember half of what you have learnt. Everyone is different you should learn the Knowledge at your own pace, the pace that suits you as an individual.
There is no point learning anything unless you can remember it. So going over what you have learnt and keeping it fresh in your mind is very important, this is known as "Calling-over".
We have specific Call-Over facilities available within our school for Yellow Badge sutdents of all Sectors that will help you with learning your runs and remembering them.
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