How to use taxis

Training as a taxi driver

The taxi driver profession doesn’t really need to be described any more, a taxi driver transports people to a specific destination in a vehicle for a certain fee.

For the commercial transport of up to 8 people in a vehicle, a special driving license is required, the so-called passenger transport ticket. If you want to transport more than 8 people, you need a further permit, which, however, will not be explained in more detail here.

Taxi drivers are either self-employed with their own taxi, or they drive on behalf of a taxi company. The number of taxi drivers has risen, more and more people drive cabs part-time on the weekends and have discovered lucrative additional income. Outside the big cities, especially in rural areas, the main business of taxi drivers is on the weekends.

During the week, ambulance services often provide most of the passengers, in addition to the usual locations such as airports, train stations and other central points.

Taxi drivers are legally obliged to follow certain facts. A taximeter and the name and address of the taxi company must be visible in the taxi. A serial number on the rear window and a roof sign are also mandatory.

Salary as a taxi driver

The salary of taxi drivers is very different, for employees there is a legal regulation according to the Bavarian tariff law, according to which at least 40% of the earned transport fee is paid or a minimum wage of 1610 EUR gross per month. However, this only applies to full-time employees on at least 22 working days per month. For part-time employees, the earnings are proportionate, according to their working hours.

Self-employed drivers are often connected to taxi centers for a fee, which then send them the orders over the radio

Training and further education as a taxi driver

Anyone who wants to become a taxi driver does not need to complete any training. Only certain certificates are required for this job. In any case, taxi drivers must have a valid driver's license, without a driver's license it will of course not be a job.

In addition, every driver must prove a passenger transport permit, this is only issued to people from the age of 21. The local knowledge test is also an important part of the license to work as a taxi driver.

Digitization is having an impact in this profession. From location systems to passenger counters to services like Uber & Co. The taxi drivers have a difficult future ahead of them. Looking at the masses of self-driving cars in 5-10 years is not a utopia.

The driver's license to transport passengers, the so-called taxi license, is issued by the city authorities, or the local public order office or the driver's license office. The application must be submitted here, which is associated with costs. There are costs for an eye test, certificate of good conduct, processing fee and occupational medical report.

Qualities and skills

Taxi drivers are service providers with customer contact; here, too, it is important to retain or win regular customers. Good communication skills should therefore be one of the characteristics, as well as customer-oriented behavior.

In addition to these characteristics, they should have a good sense of direction and be able to find their way around in unfamiliar cities. The loss of a driver's license, for example due to excessive speed, can be a threat to the existence of taxi drivers, which is why it is important that the road traffic laws are observed.

Application as a taxi driver

Job advertisements are rare and correct applications, with cover letters and résumé are even more rare. Most taxi drivers recruit themselves through personal inquiry and introduction. It is not uncommon for part-time drivers to become full-time drivers.

If a company wants a written application, the same standards for application documents also apply to taxi drivers.

However, since most of them are self-employed in this job, an application is of course not necessary.

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Trends and developments in taxi

Taxi drivers have a bad reputation and are considered bad road users. They often drive in a rowdy, selfish way and often pose a danger to road traffic. These are all prejudices that are, however, often confirmed.

Especially at rush hour, when they can quickly handle a large number of customers, they are not that careful with the traffic rules. You can't really blame them here, because everyone who earns their money in the transport business knows the pressure, and it's no different with bus drivers, truck drivers or courier drivers.

But the taxi will experience a huge change in the next few years, digital location mechanisms and control devices in the vehicles will bring down every sinner.

The job has so far been a relatively crisis-proof one, but if the middle class in Germany continues to fall away, then this is also noticeable in the taxi. Many medical trips, which are financed by the health insurance companies, could be omitted in the future.

However, there is a threat of great competition from services such as Uber and others, which are not allowed in this country. However, what will bring about serious changes in the near future is the development of self-driving cars. It's no longer fiction, it's just a matter of time.

The taxi industry has also faced significant competition from car-sharing providers in the cities.

Source: Employment and unemployment statistics from the Federal Employment Agency (IAB Research Group on Vocational Labor Markets).