Taxi Driver

Taxi Drivers use motorised vehicles, often taxis, minibuses, or vans, to move people from one place to another for a fare. The fare is set by the area in which the taxi driver provides the service. Taxi drivers, also called cab drivers, must hold a valid license to both drive and operate a taxi service. Many taxi drivers work for larger companies such as Yellow Cab or Alliance Cab.

Duties and tasks

  • Basic car repair such as changing a flat tire or checking the oil
  • Lifting luggage or other materials for passengers
  • Maintaining the interior and exterior of the vehicle
  • Operating wheelchair lifts or other specialized equipment as needed
  • Transporting passengers safely from one place to another in a motorized vehicle

Skills required

  • Ability to count money and make change
  • Ability to interact with people in a positive manner
  • Ability to lift the weight of heavy luggage
  • Ability to work specialized equipment on the vehicle
  • Basic car repair and maintenance
  • Drive with a license following the laws of the area

Working conditions

Taxi Drivers work outdoors, but often in the confines of a vehicle. Typical work hours can vary from day to night, sometimes seven days a week and holidays. Hours may be long and the number of passengers can vary day to day. Taxi drivers may work in urban areas, but are most often found in busy city areas.

Professional associations / Industry information

The Australian Taxi Drivers Association

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