司机最好掌握提供出租车服务时常用的26句礼貌用语，如Welcome to Beijing!(欢迎来北京!)、It's my pleasure to serve you(很高兴为您服务)、Would you like the air conditioning on?(您需要打开空调吗?)。
If you want your car to serve Beijing's burgeoning car-hailing apps, you will have to refine your English language skills now.
A license that allows drivers to work for such apps in Beijing requires three tests, including a practice driving test and two written exams - one for general driving knowledge and another for driving in Beijing, including the city's transport system and an English listening test.
The new move came after China toughened regulations on its Uber-like apps in October, making it even harder for drivers to get a license in megacities like Beijing and Shanghai. The drivers are required to be locals and have local car plates.
Drivers are expected to master 26 polite sentences frequently used while providing taxi services, such as "Welcome to Beijing!", "It's my pleasure to serve you" and "Would you like the air conditioning on?"
The language requirement aims to serve Beijing's diverse population, including large expatriate communities. The accreditation examination is free of charge to all the applicants.
By narrowing down eligible drivers and cars, China moved ahead of other countries to give the previously murky industry legal status.