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What do Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs do?

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

What are the Main Tasks of Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs?

  • 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.
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