Taxi drivers transport passengers to requested locations via taxi, generally within a defined area of service. For most positions, drivers use company cabs, though there are some services that require the taxi driver to use their personal car. These professionals must have excellent verbal communication skills, as they must interact with passengers, make conversation, and comprehend their directions. The taxi driver also must be proficient in arithmetic, as counting change for passengers is an important part of the job. The taxi driver must keep the car clean and may need some mechanical experience, as pre-driving inspections might be necessary.
Taxi drivers generally pay a percentage of fares to their taxi company and earn tips that depend on how many passengers they serve. They may work part time or full time during a wide variety of shifts; some positions are flexible, while others require the taxi driver to work a certain shift.
Taxi drivers must have a driver's license, and some positions require the taxi driver to possess a taxi driver certification. A high school diploma or equivalent is usually needed as well. Generally, taxi drivers must have a clean criminal background and a clean driving record, with no DUIs in recent years. They must be able to safely operate their vehicle in a variety of traffic and weather conditions as well.
Taxi Driver Tasks
- Maintain vehicle, including communication equipment.
- Communicate with central base about clients, routes, and schedule.
- Drive to and from locations to pick up and deliver clients.
- Collect and document payments and make change.