Taxi Drivers & Chauffeurs
Also called: Chauffeur, Driver, Limo Driver (Limousine Driver), Shuttle Driver
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Taxi drivers, ride-hailing drivers, and chauffeurs drive passengers to and from the places they need to go— whether they’re in a big hurry, or prefer to arrive in style. They must know their local area in detail, including popular destinations, emergency services, and the routes that best avoid rush hour traffic. Drivers follow local regulations, and keep tabs on weather and road conditions that affect driving. Taxi drivers pick up passengers from taxi lines at airports and hotels, or respond to dispatcher calls to pick up a customer. They charge based on a meter that runs while driving, and take breaks between passengers. Ride-hailing drivers set their own hours, and use their personal vehicles to pick up passengers who request service through a smartphone app. Chauffeurs drive limousines or private cars to take passengers on prescheduled trips. They may work for one person, a business or government agency, or drive a large hotel van. Paratransit drivers operate vehicles equipped with wheelchair lifts and other equipment to accommodate elderly passengers, or those with disabilities. Though many taxi drivers and chauffeurs work full time, part-time driving is not uncommon. Schedules may include late nights, early mornings, weekends, and holidays. Drivers experience the stress of heavy traffic, and must load heavy baggage. Drivers must have a regular driver’s license, but there are no formal education requirements… on-the-job training may be provided. Some positions also require a taxi or limousine license.
What they do:Drive automobiles, vans, or limousines to transport passengers. May occasionally carry cargo. Includes hearse drivers.
On the job, you would:
- Test vehicle equipment, such as lights, brakes, horns, or windshield wipers, to ensure proper operation.
- Follow relevant safety regulations and state laws governing vehicle operation and ensure that passengers follow safety regulations.
- Notify dispatchers or company mechanics of vehicle problems.
- movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
- customer service
Safety and Government
- public safety and security
- law and government
Arts and Humanities
- English language
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
- use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
- see details that are far away
- see details up close
- do two or more things at the same time
- pay attention to something without being distracted
- listen and understand what people say
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Self Control
- Attention to Detail
- Concern for Others
You might use software like this on the job:
Mobile location based services software
- Digital Dispatch
- Easy Dispatch
Data base user interface and query software
- Actsoft Comet
- Penchant Software dispatchOffice