Qualifications for Cab Drivers
Common requirements include:
- driver’s license in good standing, held for a period of time in the state (2 years minimum)
- no major criminal convictions (or at least nothing recent)
- no DUI convictions (in the past 5 years)
- ability to speak English
- at least 23 years of age
- completion of an authorized taxi school (passing a class and/or exam )
Options for Taxi Drivers
What are the options? Do you own the cab? Do you lease it? Do you work for a company? There are several possibilities for taxi driver jobs:
a. Long temrm lease as an Owner-Operator. In this case, you purchase your own taxicab and maintain your own license (sometimes called a taxi medallion). Because you own the cab, you drive it on your own schedule and are free to sublet it to another licensed cab driver for an additional shift, provided you think the extra cut is worth the wear and tear on the cab itself. Of course, you are ultimaately responsible for maintenance, upkeep, and all the associated business expenses such as insurance, airport inspection fees etc.
b. Gas and Gate . When you lease a cab on a daily ( shift) basis. You pay for the gas, leasing fees ( can vary based on the shift) . This means that you may not always get the same cab from the garage however, you have the advantage of working for a company instead of subletting from an individual owner-operator.