Career outlook for taxi driver
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would pick up passengers and take them to their destination by the quickest and safest route.
Taxis are an important part of any town or city's transport system. Taxis can be either a ‘black cab' or a licensed saloon car. Both types have a licence plate and roof sign that states they are a taxi.
The other type of passenger transport around town is a private hire vehicle that runs through an operator.
When working in a taxi or private hire vehicle, you would:
- Take job details over the radio from the operator at the office or by an in-car computer
- Help to load and unload passengers' luggage
- Help passengers to get in and out of the vehicle if needed
- Take payments
- Keep the vehicle clean and roadworthy
- Keep accounts and records, if self-employed
As a taxi driver you might be booked in advance, wait on an official taxi rank or pick up passengers while on the move, for example in a busy shopping area.
If you work as a private hire driver you would only collect passengers that have pre-booked through your operator. You cannot be flagged down in the street.
You could combine normal 'pick-up' jobs with contract work such as school runs. You might also make longer-distance trips such as taking people to airports, or to and from concerts in other towns.
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