Taxi Cab Driver Employment
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