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Taxi Driver

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At a Glance... header image

Picks up customers and transports them to their destination by vehicle.


The Work header image

Taxi drivers carry passengers to a required destination in return for a fixed charge.  
 
Private hire vehicles may only carry out pre-booked work (usually via radio). Taxi drivers can also make pick ups from taxi ranks or can collect fares off the side of the road. They must be able to use a two way radio in order to stay in touch with an office or other taxi drivers.  
 
Taxi drivers make local or long distance journeys and need to have a thorough knowledge of regional and local routes.  
 
Taxi drivers usually help passengers to get luggage in and out of the vehicle. They deal with cash transactions, and may have to balance books at the end of the shift/day. They are also responsible for keeping their vehicles roadworthy, which may involve making minor repairs from time to time. They also help tourists and others who are unfamiliar with their surroundings to get around. They can work to any schedule - full time, part time, nights, weekends etc. Licensing standards and laws are set by local authorities. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Follow relevant safety regulations and state laws governing vehicle operation and ensure that passengers follow safety regulations.

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Test vehicle equipment such as lights, brakes, horns, or windshield wipers, to ensure proper operation.

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Arrange to pick up particular customers or groups on a regular schedule.

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Provide passengers with assistance entering and exiting vehicles, and help them with any luggage.

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Notify dispatchers or company mechanics of vehicle problems.

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Complete accident reports when necessary.

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Communicate with dispatchers by radio, telephone, or computer to exchange information and receive requests for passenger service.

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Drive taxicabs, limousines, company cars, or privately owned vehicles to transport passengers.

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Perform routine vehicle maintenance such as regulating tire pressure and adding gasoline, oil, and water.

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Pick up passengers at prearranged locations, at taxi stands, or by cruising streets in high traffic areas.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:  Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People:  Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must be able to deal with all types of people including the occasional awkward or difficult customer. In tourist areas, it is useful to have background knowledge of places of interest, in order to provide information to visitors. You should be polite and good natured.  
 
You must be a confident driver who is able to drive well in bad road and weather conditions. A helpful, trustworthy and patient manner is also useful.  
 
Basic numeric skills are essential, as taxi drivers are constantly dealing with money. You may also deal with your own business accounts.


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Organisation: Irelands Taxi Industry
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Organisation: Carriage Office
  Address: Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 666 9850
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Organisation: The Commission for Taxi Regulation
  Address: 35 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 6593801
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