A cab driver is a person who operates a taxi or car for hire. Cab drivers typically work as part of a cab company. Depending on the employer and city, the driver will typically be dispatched to pick up riders and accounts and transport them to their respective destinations. Most cab drivers are paid via a metered system, in which the price a fare pays is determined by an electronic meter set within the car. Some jurisdictions and companies use set fares to areas like airports. In some cities, cab drivers can simply be hailed curbside, rather than dispatched via phone call.
The exact relationship between a cab driver and the company he or she works for can vary greatly by employer and local laws that govern this trade. Typically, however, a cab driver must possess a commercial operator's license and may be required to also have a hack license that allows the operation of taxis within a city or county area. Taxi drivers will then normally be either assigned cabs at a central cab stand location, or they may be required to “rent” their cab for a set daily fee that sets the cab driver up as something of a private subcontractor.
To work as a cab driver, a person needs to pass a test to earn a commercial driver's license. This person may need to also pass a test on local hack laws to be certified to operate a cab within that respective jurisdiction. Cab drivers must also be fluent in local traffic patterns, have a good working knowledge of the street layouts within an area, and know how to use maps and GPS systems efficiently. Most cab drivers work long days of 10 hours or more, with most of that workday spent within their cars.
Cab Driver Tasks
Drive, clean, and maintain fleet or privately owned vehicle.
Maintain an approved driving record and licensing requirements.
Maintain accurate knowledge of roadways and routes.
Pick up and transport customers.