A typical night shift on weekends involves a 12 hour shift for very little return. You need to be very open minded and not easily offended. I personally love cab driving for the variety of people that I meet. I also love being available to help people, especially the younger ones. It's very satisfying knowing that I have helped a young person in times of distress. The hardest part of the job is coping with somebody who has had their drink spiked. It would be my ideal job if the bottom hadn't fallen out of the industry. The biggest lesson that I have learned through the job is that the world is full of so many different types of weird and wonderful people.
Meeting and helping people, flexible shifts, freedom
Long hours, below minimum wage, have to pay your own taxes and super
Taxi Driver (Former Employee) – Driver – 15 November 2016
Would not recommend to anyone as I feel this is a job for semi retired or part time employment only.Twelve hour days with a lot of down time.Drivers are working against each other to improve personal income.
Management contacted drivers fairly regularly to see how they were going if they hadn't heard from you for a while ie. days not minutes. The management made it easy to want to turn up for work. We were one big happy family, no one really talked bad of anyone else.
Call Centre Representative (Former Employee) – Buranda – 24 November 2014
Was a great place to work and pay rate at the time was great, the hours were not great but that was one of the cons for being in the industry that never slept. I enjoyed the diverse range of people that I dealt with on the phone and how their requests and needs were constantly different.
I always loved driving a taxi. The rapport I have had with thousands of passengers over many years has been exceptional. I am also good at running the cab. However, some things have occured which are a huge deterrent. Since 2008, the Taxi Industry has fallen, through no fault of mine. The annual CTP/Registration of a Taxi is ridiculously expensive. It has be come close to unaffordable. The lease fees for my taxi license are automatically increased every year. This is in spite of a shrunken market. Because of these imbalances, I wish to be in a position where I do not have to renew my next taxi Lease. I am an extremely capable person, but are at the mercy of powers greater than myself. Please assist, as I would leave no employer with any regrets.
Spare time while drivers worked for me
Getting woken up in the middle of the night, expensive registration of cabs, lease fee increases every year
I believe when your interest becomes your job you live your life everyday! I'm a fun loving person, always loves being on the move, meeting new people, and visiting different places so I feel that driving cab is exactly my cup of tea. Taxi driving helps you learning courtesy, discipline, patience, assistance, and self control. Working long hours may be quite hectic sometimes but it's totally fine as long as you earn extra money:)
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Taxi Driver (Current Employee) – Driver, Brisbane city & suburbs – 6 December 2013
have always enjoyed driving, so when I arrived in Australia from New Zealand and found a taxi driving job available, I went for it. Drove for a private owner for the first 7yrs, then leased a licence bought my own car which I successfully ran for 3.5yrs, the widow of the man I leased the licence from got a good offer on the licence and sold it, there were no licences available to lease to replace that one, so Yellow Cabs bought my car paying off the debt across it in the process, and have been driving for commission ever since. Am now 59yrs old have no saving or super, so need a new job that will give me some kind of financial future.
Your selfemployed and choose your work days, and the owner you drive for.
You drive 12hr shifts, sometimes for only 4.95per hr. you risk getting assaulted, or even killed, So low pay, and the general public to deal with.
sitting in car for 7 or 8 hrs a day waiting for work. 3 to 4 hrs a day driving passengers to where they need to go. Some days it hard job when dealing with angry drunken people with everyone is out to rip them off. So it comes back onto us as drivers to try to deal and change this, frankly not easy sometimes to do that. Other days it great as most people are great to deal with and to chat with along the journey.
get to meet many different people some very nice.
long hours some days for very little work completed