The new law was signed by mayor Bill de Blasio in April and went into effect on Friday, scrapping the mandatory English examination for taxi drivers.
Now the test for cab drivers to get a license will be available in several different languages.
A new cabbie law has gone into effect over the weekend that no longer requires New York City cab drivers to be proficient in English.
A move that was seen to combat the challenges from mobile cab-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft.
Foreign-born drivers have long been dominating the city’s taxi market. As of 2016, only four percent of New York City’s yellow cab drivers were born in the United States, compared with 24 percent in Bangladesh and 10 percent in Pakistan, according to the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission.
According to the New York Times, the bill was passed in an effort to seek parity with app-based ride services such as Uber, which don’t require drivers to pass an English test.