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Details for Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs


Description

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

Tasks

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

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.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
  • Experience - Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.

Knowledge

  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

Skills

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