Those with a love of driving may have considered a living as a taxi driver. But what does it really take to make it in such a career? Here are a few things that you’re likely to need when following such an occupation.
A good sense of direction
Taxi drivers are consistently relying more on satnavs, but you’ll likely still need a good sense of direction – if anything to pass preliminary tests. London cab drivers notoriously must pass a test known as The Knowledge Taxi Test which involves memorising all the roads in London, often taking years to prepare for. Around the world, less stringent tests are put in place such as the New York hack test, but even these require a fairly good sense of local direction to pass.
Dealing with the stress of the road
Traffic and bad drivers can be stressful at the best of times, but if you’re having to transport a passenger who is on a tight schedule it can be even more taxing. The likes of Forbes regularly list a taxi driver as one of the most stressful jobs. That said, stress is relative and those that are competent drivers and patient may not feel the pressure. Driving in a less urban area may also be less stressful. You also have the choice to work for a taxi company or go independent – the latter may give you more freedom although you’ll be less guaranteed a steady income.
All aspiring taxi drivers must pass a medical assessment. The standards are much higher than that of a regular driver – heart conditions and fatigue illnesses may rule you out. However, you don’t have to be an athlete, so don’t worry too much about general fitness. An eyesight test will also generally be required.
A clean driving record
In most places around the world, your driving history will be checked. This isn’t as strict as you may imagine – a speeding or parking fine isn’t going to immediately result in a rejection. With a DUI, you may be in a little more of a risky situation although you may be able to contest such a conviction with solicitor company such as Romano Law Firm. Taxi governing bodies will mostly take into account how long ago such a conviction was made and how frequently you have been charged for driving crimes.
Different place will have their own training body and requirements. You’ll most likely have to go through a taxi driving test, which is a regular test but with stricter requirements. Unlike an initial driving test, less hesitation will be expected – especially during manoeuvres. Passing this will give you your taxi license. There will be a separate theory test to also complete, which may differ depending on where you are taking your test.