Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

Description

Drive automobiles, vans, or limousines to transport passengers. May occasionally carry cargo. Includes hearse drivers.

Tasks

  • Follow relevant safety regulations and state laws governing vehicle operation and ensure that passengers follow safety regulations.
  • Test vehicle equipment such as lights, brakes, horns, or windshield wipers, to ensure proper operation.
  • Arrange to pick up particular customers or groups on a regular schedule.
  • Provide passengers with assistance entering and exiting vehicles, and help them with any luggage.
  • Notify dispatchers or company mechanics of vehicle problems.
  • Complete accident reports when necessary.
  • Communicate with dispatchers by radio, telephone, or computer to exchange information and receive requests for passenger service.
  • Drive taxicabs, limousines, company cars, or privately owned vehicles to transport passengers.
  • Perform routine vehicle maintenance such as regulating tire pressure and adding gasoline, oil, and water.
  • Pick up passengers at prearranged locations, at taxi stands, or by cruising streets in high traffic areas.
  • Record name, date, and taxi identification information on trip sheets, along with trip information such as time and place of pickup and drop-off, and total fee.
  • Perform minor vehicle repairs such as cleaning spark plugs, or take vehicles to mechanics for servicing.
  • Vacuum and clean interiors, and wash and polish exteriors of automobiles.
  • Pick up or meet employers according to requests, appointments, or schedules.
  • Perform errands for customers or employers, such as delivering or picking up mail and packages.
  • Determine fares based on trip distances and times, using taximeters and fee schedules, and announce fares to passengers.
  • Operate vehicles with specialized equipment, such as wheelchair lifts to transport and secure passengers with special needs.
  • Turn the taximeter on when passengers enter the cab, and turn it off when they reach the final destination.
  • Collect fares or vouchers from passengers and make change or issue receipts as necessary.
  • Provide passengers with information about the local area and points of interest, or give advice on hotels and restaurants.
  • Report to taxicab services or garages to receive vehicle assignments.

Knowledge

Physics
Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Chemistry
Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
History and Archeology
Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

Skills

Equipment Maintenance
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Operations Analysis
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Equipment Selection
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.

Abilities

Wrist-Finger Speed
The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Social Orientation
Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Auto Driver
Cab Driver
Chauffeur
Corporate Driver
Courtesy Car Driver
Courtesy Van Driver
Crew Car Driver
Delivery Driver
Drive Away Driver
Driver
Escort Car Driver
Flag Car Driver
Funeral Car Chauffeur
Funeral Car Driver
Hack Driver
Hacker
Hearse Driver
Jeep Driver
Limousine Driver (Limo Driver)
Livery Car Driver
Motor Pool Driver
New Car Driver
Patient Transportation Driver
Rental Car Deliverer
Shuttle Bus Driver
Shuttle Driver
Taxi Cab Driver
Taxi Driver
Taxicab Driver
Tow Bar Driver
Transportation Aide
Transportation Assistant
Utility Worker Driver
Van Driver
Wide Load Escort

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$10.97 hourly, $22,820 annual.
Employment (2008):
167,360 employees