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How to Become a Taxi Driver in the UK

How to become a Taxi Driver. Have you ever thought about becoming a Taxi Driver in the UK? Read this free guide about becoming a Taxi Driver.

Job Description

Taxi Drivers are persons who are responsible for the carrying of passengers safely from one destination to another. This could be local journeys or long distance, days and nights. Taxi Drivers are generally expected to be confident, Level -headed and willing to work at short notice and long hours, and capable of remaining calm in stressful situations. Cash handling skills may be required. The hours depend on the kind of driving you are undertaking. Being a Taxi Driver is a good job for many people, but the key traits to have are a sociable personality, good geographical knowledge, and ability to work alone, a good sense of humour and calm under pressure.


Entry Requirements

Many Taxi Drivers start their career by attaining the relevant driving licence. You will need to hold a Full Cat B UK Driving licence (Car), and gain a licence from the local authority. Some local authorities require you to pass a DSA taxi test. You may also require a Criminal Record Check, Medical test and a ‘Knowledge’ test which covers geographical knowledge questions to ensure that you know the area in which you want to drive in order to offer a safe, efficient service in the area.

Responsibilities and duties

Standard duties vary dependent on the type of Taxi driving you are carrying out. IF you are a local Taxi driver then you will be expected to know your routes, pick up passengers at the designated Taxi ranks or addresses you are called to and take their fares, and drop them safely at their destinations. You will be responsible for ensuring the Taxi is in good working order and cash is handled correctly. A night time taxi driver is expected to pick up customers from a rank in as orderly a manner as possible, and may be expected to deal with inebriated customers, and treat them with respect, and get them safely to their destinations.

Working hours

These may vary depending on the duties and job you are doing. Local Taxi drivers usually work on an 8 hour shift. Freelance taxi drivers can work whatever hours they want to work, although should be aware of not driving too many hours and getting tired.

Skills and Training Development

Taxi Drivers can expect to progress through their careers with improving skills and knowledge as well as time served. You may find yourself tasked with training up new drivers that come to work in your company. You could also consider becoming a Taxi Driving Instructor for the DSA test if you can demonstrate your impeccable driving record and ability to pass on your skills. You may also be promoted to fleet manager. There is also plenty of scope for a good taxi driver to set up their own firm in order to be your own boss and earn more money.

Average Taxi Driver Salary

The average salary for a Private Hire Taxi Driver is £25,000 PA.
The average salary for a Freelance Taxi Driver is £35,000 PA.

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