Taxi and limousine services make it easy for customers to get around when driving their own cars or using public transportation is inconvenient. Taxi drivers and chauffeurs take passengers to and from their homes, workplaces, and recreational pursuits, such as dining, entertainment, and shopping, and to and from business-related events. These professional drivers help both residents and out-of-town guests get around a city or urban area. In addition to regular point-to-point services, some drivers offer sight-seeing services around their cit...
Many drivers have a high school diploma or equivalent; but, generally, it is not required.
Self-employed drivers may own their own car and contract with a company. The company refers passengers and allows the driver to use their facilities for a fee. Some drivers use a company’s car as part of the fee. Drivers keep all their fares and pay their own expenses. Work hours for taxi drivers and chauffeurs vary. About a quarter worked part time in 2012 and about one in seven had variable schedules. Evening and weekend work is common. Some drivers work very late at night or early in the morning. Taxi drivers work with little or no supervision, and their work schedules are flexible. They can break for a meal or rest whenever they do not have a passenger.