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Taxi Driver

Career progression and salary expectations for a Taxi Driver


Taxi Driver

| Up to £25,000

The role of a Taxi Driver

Thinking of becoming a Taxi Driver? Fare enough…

Taxi Drivers pick up and transport passengers to their destinations, getting them there as quickly and as safely as possible.

There are two main types of Taxi you can drive, Hackney carriages (a.k.a. ‘black cabs’) or private hire vehicles, and drivers may work for taxi companies or be self-employed. However, whichever type you choose to drive, taxis are an important and integral part of a city’s transport system, and one many people simply couldn’t imagine living without.

Primarily, people who really, really dislike buses...

Typical duties for a Taxi Driver may include:

  • Taking job requests via radio or on-board computer (see also: people sticking their hands up and waving)
  • Picking up passengers and delivering them to their destinations
  • Assisting passengers with any luggage or belongings they may have
  • Calculating fares and taking payments
  • Keeping your vehicle safe, clean and roadworthy
First and foremost, you’ll need to be comfortable behind the wheel if you’re thinking about becoming a Taxi Driver.

You’ll also often be working long shifts and irregular hours, with evenings and weekends generally being your busiest times. If you’re someone who gets bored of being on the road rather quickly, this might not be your true calling.

Other key skills for a Taxi driver include:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good local knowledge
  • Empathy and the ability to speak to people from all walks of life
  • Flexibility
  • Time management skills
  • The ability to repeatedly answer questions such as ‘Been busy tonight?’ and ‘What time do you finish?’ without losing the will to live
"I’ve been doing driving jobs for most of my adult life really. I started with long-distance lorry driving, but I hated how lonely it got, which is the great thing about being a cabbie. The chat can get a bit boring sometimes, but you’re always meeting new people and getting a little window into their life. Also, you don’t tend to get a lot of tips driving lorries. So there is that…"

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