There are about 5,000 women driving taxis in South Korea -- and fifty of them are rated among the best drivers in the country.
MLS Man hailing taxi in Seoul street
MS Woman taxi-driver and passenger
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LS Taxi-driving school with pupils practising
MS Woman taxi-driver driving car under eyes of instructor
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MCS Inside car, driver under instruction in school grounds
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Background: There are about 5,000 women driving taxis in South Korea -- and fifty of them are rated among the best drivers in the country. Although their number represents only a minor percentage of all taxi drivers, the female ranks are being swelled by about a thousand a year. One group happy with this trend is the police force -- they say the women are more careful drivers than the male taxi drivers.
To become taxi drivers, the women undergo special instruction at the Shinjin Driving School in Seoul. A 12-week course teaches them not only the basic driving skills and the methods of handling a vehicle in peak hour traffic, but also the mechanics of their cars.
VISNEWS cameraman Lee Kyung Mo filmed this report about the female taxi drivers of Seoul, and the school where they learn their job.