Transport & Logistics
Taxi Driver or Chauffeur
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs pick up passengers and drive them to and from places by the quickest route.
Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does a Taxi Driver or Chauffeur do?
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs pick up passengers and drive them to and from places by the quickest route. Chauffeurs are also known as hire car drivers.
As a taxi driver or chauffeur, you would:
- collect people who have pre-booked your services
- use the radio or in-car computer to take job details
- load and unload luggage
- process payments
- use a GPS system to plan the best routes
- clean and maintain your vehicle.
Key skills and interests
To become a taxi driver or chauffeur, you would need:
- a valid drivers' licence
- an understanding of road rules and safety
- good driving skills
- good time management
- a knowledge of traffic flow in your city or area
- good people skills and customer care
- the ability to deal with troublesome passengers.
Working hours and conditions
As a taxi driver or chauffeur you would work evenings, weekends and holidays. If self-employed you could decide which hours to work. Peak times like New Year would require long hours.
You would spend your time sitting down driving, in all sort of weather conditions and to a wide range of places.
How to become an Taxi Driver or Chauffeur?
Entry Level Education
No formal qualifications are required to work as a taxi driver or chauffeur but you will need to obtain a specific licence.
Different States have different requirements but all require you to have special taxi accreditation. Accreditation may cover areas such as driving rules and skills, local knowledge and dealing with passengers with disabilities. Check with the governing body in each State for specific requirements.
Employment of taxi drivers, hire car drivers and chauffeurs is projected to come under some stress and grow more slowly than the average for all occupations.
This industry will be affected by the development of ride sharing services using private vehicles booked via the internet and apps.