Taxi Driver/Chauffeur  What They Do

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Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs 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:

  • Tests vehicle equipment, such as lights, brakes, horns, or windshield wipers, to ensure proper operation.
  • 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.
  • Drives taxicabs, limousines, company cars, or privately owned vehicles to transport passengers.
  • Provides passengers with assistance entering and exiting vehicles and helps them with any luggage.
  • Completes accident reports when necessary.
  • 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.
  • Communicates with dispatchers by radio, telephone, or computer to exchange information and receive requests for passenger service.
  • Arranges to pick up particular customers or groups on a regular schedule.

Insider Info

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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.
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing objects clearly in glaring conditions or bright lighting
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Seeing objects or movement to one's side when looking forward
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

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