Lithuania: Bolt separates taxi drivers by language proficiency

Estonian ride-hailing service provider Bolt will separate its taxi drivers in Lithuania by language proficiency, ELTA reports. Bolt spokesman Mantas Cizas siad that the company would apply stricter standards to communication and behaviour in the “Bolt” category, requiring that drivers speak fluent Lithuanian or English. Those who fail to do so can continue in the “Basic” category. Foreigners working on Bolt’s platform will have to provide a certificate of basic knowledge in English. Earlier, authorities in Lithuania suggested requiring drivers to undergo exams in Lithuanian following complaints. Many Russian-speaking drivers from Central Asian countries have recently begun driving taxis in Vilnius.