Taxi drivers pick up and transport customers to their destination in a car.

What does a taxi driver do?

Taxi and private hire drivers pick up passengers and take them to their destination. Taxi drivers are licenced to pick up fares from the street, while private hire drivers pick up fares who have called them first. 

What do I need to do to become a taxi driver?

You need to have a full drivers licence to become a private hire driver. To become a taxi driver you will also need to be licenced by the local authority where you will be working (or Transport for London if working in London). This may require additional tests. 

Related skills

  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Numeracy

Related subjects

  • English
  • Foreign languages
  • Geography

Essential qualifications

  • Full drivers licence
  • DBS check

Where could I be working?

As a taxi or private hire driver you could be working directly for a firm, or more commonly, be self-employed and working in conjunction with a taxi or private hire firm. Hours vary greatly for taxi drivers, you could be working nights and weekends. 

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