The demand for many industries goes up and down, but one which is always in demand is taxi services. People need to get from A to B and often the easiest way for them to do this is through private hire taxi. Therefore, becoming a taxi driver could become a profitable career option. Not just this, but it is also a social, fun and rewarding job. If you are considering becoming a taxi driver, this advice will help you to make your decision and get the ball rolling.
Is It Right for me?
Primarily, to be a successful taxi driver you will need to be a good and safe driver with excellent knowledge of your area. Not just this, but you should also have excellent time management skills, math skills and an understanding of licensing, insurance and road use. Good customer care skills and a friendly nature are a must, but you must also have an ability to deal with angry and/or drunk passengers.
The role is much more than simply driving from A to B. As a taxi driver, you will also take job details either through a radio or in-car computer, or by customers flagging you down. You will load and unload their luggage, potentially help them into and out of the vehicle and take payment. If self-employed, you will need to keep up to date and accurate records. The hours are flexible, but the busiest periods are at the weekend and particularly Friday and Saturday evenings.
What Do I Need?
You do not need any formal qualifications to become a taxi driver, but you will need to obtain an operator’s license which can be obtained from your local council. For this, you may need to have a full UK driving license for 2 years, pass a criminal record check, pass a medical, pass a geographical test and complete a driving skills assessment amongst other requirements.
A Suitable Vehicle
In addition to an operator’s license, you will also need a suitable vehicle. A taxi cab should be able to fit multiple passengers comfortably, have enough storage room, be easily accessible and fuel efficient. This will provide a smooth and efficient journey for passengers, which will help your business to grow and profit.
As a taxi driver, you will be an important part of the city’s transport system. You will be providing a key service for the general public, and this can be very rewarding as well as profitable. With an operator’s license, suitable vehicle and a positive attitude; you will be ready to embark on a fulfilling career.