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What They Do

Taxi Drivers Career Video

Drives automobiles, vans, or limousines to transport passengers. May occasionally carry cargo. Includes hearse drivers.

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Transportation Operations pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Collects fares or vouchers from passengers and makes change or issues receipts as necessary.
  • Communicates with dispatchers by radio, telephone, or computer to exchange information and receive requests for passenger service.
  • Completes accident reports when necessary.
  • Determines fares based on trip distances and times, using taximeters and fee schedules, and announces fares to passengers.
  • Drives taxicabs or privately owned vehicles to transport passengers.
  • Follows relevant safety regulations and state laws governing vehicle operation and ensures that passengers follow safety regulations.
  • Notifies dispatchers or company mechanics of vehicle problems.
  • Performs minor vehicle repairs, such as cleaning spark plugs, or takes vehicles to mechanics for servicing.
  • Performs routine vehicle maintenance, such as regulating tire pressure and adding gasoline, oil, and water.
  • Picks up passengers at prearranged locations, at taxi stands, or by cruising streets in high traffic areas.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Cab Driver
  • Taxi Cab Driver


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