Category: Blogger's Corner, Employee, work schedule, traffic, requirement
Blog by Brit Peacock, on how you can become a taxi driver.
If you like working with new people every day, becoming a taxi driver may be a career path you want to pursue. The taxi and private hire industry is booming, with revenue amounting to £9bn in the UK. There aren’t many barriers to entry when it comes to formal education, and you’ll have the opportunity to be your own boss while working flexible hours that suit you. Here are some the main factors you’ll have to consider – such as how to get started, how to balance your schedule, and how to maintain a steady income.
To get started, you’ll need to hold a full UK or EEA driving licence. You’ll also need an operator’s licence which will be available from your local council or the Transport for London. In most parts of the country, you’ll need to over 18 and have at least twelve months experience on the road before a firm will consider employing you. However, in London this requirement is raised to three years. You’ll also have to pass a criminal records check, a medical to prove you're fit for the job, as well as a geographical test if you’re looking to work in the capital.
One of the main benefits of the job is the flexibility to choose your own hours. However, you'll likely find yourself working most evenings and weekends since this is when you’ll find the highest number of available customers. Friday and Saturday nights will typically be your busiest periods. Depending on where you live, you can expect to be able to work anywhere between forty to sixty hours a week on a full-time basis. It’s also worth remembering that a lot of your time on the road may be spent stuck in heavy traffic.
Finally, the big question is how much can you expect to earn early on? If you decide to take on a forty-hour working week, you should be looking at between £12,000 to £20,000 a year. This will largely depend on the city that you’re based in and the kind of fares you can charge. Some drivers may be able to earn closer to £30,000 a year by supplementing the typical week work with private hire jobs and pick-ups. This allows drivers to take passengers on longer journeys, often out of the local area to neighbouring cities or the nearest airport.
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