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Taxi Cab Driver Employment

Updated on November 27, 2012

Do You Want To Be A Cab Driver ?

So you want to be a cab driver? Well here are a few things to consider before taking the journey in your cab.

Do you want to drive people around town that you don't know and have no idea what their intentions are? Sure you will have some interesting conversations along the way through your cabbie adventures,but what about that one passenger that wants to hold you at gun point and rob you? Female drivers always risk the chance of being sexually assaulted. Just think of all the drunks you will encounter leaving the bars or the strip clubs. Day or night you will never know just what type of person your next call will bring you. What are you going to do when your fair stiffs you and runs away? What will the cab co. do for you if you are injured on the job? Remember you are the contractor driving for them that makes you your own boss. They are not responsible for you. That's right your on your own.

How Your Day As A Cab Driver Begins.

First you will have to get up at 1:00am and get ready to go to the cab yard. You have to be there early to sign up on a list to reserve your cab. If you don't get a cab then there is no work for you that day and you will have to wait till the next sign up for another opportunity to get a shot at a cab for you to drive. You will get your cab at 4:00am to start your day. Now you pay $100.00 for the 12hr. rental of your cab, this means the cab must be back at 4:00pm sharp. If you are late Their will be a $5.00 per 15 min. late fee tacked on to the rental fee. Now you have your cab and your ready to go to work. You receive your first call from the dispatch, this is an additional fee of $2.00 per call or $.50 per voucher. Then there is the famous credit cards for every transaction there will be an additional charge to you ranging from 5% to 10% of the fair and may take up to 3 weeks for you to get paid from that fair. Now that the fees are out of the way its time to gas up your cab, yes at your expense. That could range from $20.00 to $40.00 depending on the vehicle you are assigned to. When the day is done and its time to turn in your cab hopefully you have made enough to cover the rental so you don't have to pay the balance of your rental fee. The vehicle must be washed, vacuumed and cleaned out for the next driver, this is also at your expense. When you pass your inspection of the vehicle your fees for the day are done.

Lack Of Some Other Benefits.

Lets say your in your cab and you have a accident that is found to be your fault.The company deductible and on average is $1500.00. Yes you guessed it another out of pocket cost to you. How about medical insurance,dental or a 4o1k plan? Well their is none of the above so you will have to pay for that on your own and save for your own retirement. I hate to rain on your dreams of being a wealthy cab driver but unless you own the cab co. there is no money to be made. You will be lucky to break even or make a minimum wage risking your life driving around town in rush hour traffic, picking up who knows what kinda people for 12 hrs. a day only to find out you barely covered your fees. Now its time to really think if this is a good career choice for you


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      Rodney C Lawley 4 years ago from Southeastern United States

      The example used in this article is actually a WELL MANAGED organization. Most are much worse maintaining the cars. Nonetheless, the point made in this hub is valid. Cab drivers can make okay money, but they have to work very long hours to overcome the overhead forced upon them. This forces sleepy and exhausted drivers to continue taking fares when they should be resting. The industry is modern-day sharecropping. Good information in this hub.

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      GlstngRosePetals 5 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Happyboomernurse: Its the cab co. that make all the money the drivers are lucky to make 10.00 per hr. Thats why they all try to hustle so much to get as many fairs as they can in the 12 hrs. to make ends meet. Thank you for your comment and share :0)

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      No wonder it costs so much to use a taxi! I had no idea the drivers themselves had to pay out so much for use of the cab, etc., though I've always known it's a very dangerous job.

      Very interesting article. Voted up, useful and interesting. Also shared.

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      GlstngRosePetals 5 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Thank you. Just the hard facts of being a cab driver. I was going to give it a try and then they slapped me with the reality of pay me first then what ever is left over can be yours. I said good by!

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      Bill Russo 5 years ago from Cape Cod

      One evening this summer after I made NO money selling a jewelry polish and eyeglass cleaner at a flea market that got rained out; I had a fleeting thought of being a cab driver.

      Thank the lord, the next day the sun was shining and I sold about $700 worth of 'Clear Bright n Shiny' and gave up that fleeting notion of just driving around all day making money!

      Thanks for this hub. It was a fun read.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Fascinating stuff, who would have known that? I did know one taxi driver who gave up but never realised exactly why, I did hear mention of not enough money though, thanks makes sense now!

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      Christine Miranda 5 years ago from My office.

      Hmm, the things you learn on HubPages. :) I never thought about how it works (born and raised in the country) before. Great job of explaining why NOT to be a cab driver. Voted up & interesting.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Can I assume that you have had this job before? I considered it at one time, but in all honesty the danger involved made it not worth my time. Very good job of pointing out the pitfalls of this job.