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Taxi Driver do?

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Other common names for this position: Chauffeur, Auto Driver, Cab Driver, Corporate Driver, Courtesy Car Driver, Crew Car Driver, Driver, Escort Car Driver, Flag Car Driver, Funeral Car Chauffeur, Jeep Driver, Limousine Driver, Motor Coach Chauffeur, Motor Coach Driver, Shuttle Driver, Taxi Cab Driver, Transportation Driver, Transporter, Van Driver


Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs operate cars, SUVs, vans, or limousines to transport passengers from one location to another. They collect their passengers at designated areas, along with any baggage they might carry, and take them to their destination in the safest and most time-efficient way possible.

Taxi Drivers work for independent taxi lines and companies. These companies have a fleet of cars identified as taxis belonging to a specific line and they hire as many Drivers as they need to operate their cars. Customers can request their service by calling the line’s dispatchers and asking for a unit or they can hail a taxi car on the streets. Taxi Drivers are the ones responsible for charging passengers the established fares that can be flat-rated or calculated by a taximeter, based on the time and distance of the ride.

Chauffeurs, on the other hand, are hired by individuals and companies and are paid a fixed salary for their services. Some companies that hire them are hotels, big enterprises, limousine renting companies, and wealthy individuals. In this case, the customer pays the company for their services, not the driver.

Primary Responsibilities

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs are required to complete.

  • Checking vehicle equipment to ensure proper functioning:
  • Testing lights, windows, brakes, horn, locks, and wipers;
  • checking motor oil, coolant fluid, and fuel levels;
  • inspecting tires’ condition and air pressure;
  • conducting regular check-ups on the vehicle; and
  • informing dispatchers or company of any malfunction.
  • Contacting dispatchers, companies, passengers and customers:
  • Receiving passenger assignation from dispatchers or company;
  • following directions to the designated pick-up point;
  • being alert for passengers hailing them from the streets; and
  • informing passengers of fares and fees.
  • Picking up passengers:
  • Parking the car at a designated area where passengers may board;
  • assisting passengers with limited mobility and baggage; and
  • ensuring all passengers are properly seated and their seatbelts fastened.
  • Driving passengers to their destination:
  • Adhering to traffic laws and regulations;
  • ensuring the passenger’s safety throughout the journey;
  • receiving special directions from passengers; and
  • following the best possible route.
  • Dropping off passengers:
  • Parking at a designated area;
  • assisting passengers with limited mobility and baggage; and
  • collecting fares and handing receipts when requested.
  • Responding accordingly to accidents and emergencies:
  • Reporting any accident or malfunction (e.g. crashes, flat tires, or breakdowns) to dispatchers or company;
  • requesting a replacement car to continue transporting passengers, if necessary;
  • performing minor mechanical repairs when possible;
  • assisting passengers with a medical emergency by providing first aid care, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); and
  • driving passengers to a medical institution when necessary.
  • Keeping records of fares, journeys, and working hours:
  • Turning in reports to dispatchers or company.

Daily Tasks

  • Inspecting vehicle condition.
  • Communicating with dispatchers or company.
  • Receiving information about pickup assignments.
  • Adhering to traffic laws and regulations at all times.
  • Picking up and dropping off passengers at designated points.
  • Signaling their availability to pedestrians.
  • Informing passengers of fares and fees and collecting payment accordingly.
  • Assisting passengers with limited mobility or baggage.
  • Following passenger directions to destination, taking the most time-efficient route.
  • Maintaining records of all rides and fares collected.
  • Turning in reports to dispatchers or company.

The average Taxi Driver salary is $49,793 per year or $26 per hour. This is around 1.5 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $35,000 while most experienced workers make up to $70,000. These results are based on 22 salaries extracted from job descriptions.

Gross Salary49,792.86 $
CPP- 2,291.47 $
EI- 930.60 $
Federal Tax- 5,471.63 $
Provincial Tax- 2,817.39 $
Total Tax- 11,511.08 $
Net Pay*38,281.78 $
In Ontario, Canada, if you make 49,792.86 $ a year, you will be taxed 11,511.08 $. That means that your take home pay will be 38,281.78 $ per year, or 3,190.15 $ per month. Your average tax rate is 23.12% and your marginal tax rate is 35.01%.
* Deductions are calculated based on the tables of Ontario, Canada income tax.
Required Skills and Qualifications
  • Exceptional mechanical and driving skills:
  • Displaying outstanding levels of alertness so as to be aware of their surroundings;
  • staying alert and awake during late hours while driving;
  • monitoring the status of the vehicle and conducting regular check-ups; and
  • being able to perform minor mechanical maintenance or repair tasks, as needed.
  • Possessing high levels of self-reliance and resourcefulness:
  • Working alone most of the time; and
  • being capable of solving minor mechanical problems without help.
  • Outstanding geographical knowledge and navigational skills:
  • Being able to drive to any part of the city taking the safest and most time-efficientroute; and
  • being capable of understanding and following directions from passengers and dispatchers.
  • Excellent physical condition and stamina:
  • Being able to endure long journeys; and
  • having the necessary physical strength to load and unload baggage.
  • Great stress and time management skills:
  • Working according to pre-established schedules; and
  • arriving at designated pick-up spots and destinations in a timely manner.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills:
  • Interacting with passengers and liaising with employers; and
  • being able to provide accurate information to passengers.
  • Good mathematical skills:
  • Calculating hours of departure and arrival; and
  • charging fares to passengers.
  • High levels of honesty, integrity, and reliability.

Opportunities for jobs as a Taxi Driver or Chauffeur are available in a wide variety of companies. The educational requirements for these positions include having completed secondary school education. Aspirants must possess at least one (1) year of clean driving records, having no registered offences or accidents at the time of application. In some instances, applicants must pass a written and practical exam, as well as a medical examination before being hired.

Given the nature of the job, a driver’s licence is absolutely necessary. In Ontario, Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs must have a class G licence. In all other provinces and territories, a class 4 driver’s licence is required.[1] In addition to a driver’s licence, all Taxi Drivers in Canada must have a municipal permit to operate. These permits are issued by city governments with each city having their own requirements and fares to do so. A first-aid certification may also be required.

Job Offers
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