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What are the key responsibilities in a driver's job?

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Key responsibilities of taxi drivers or chauffeurs include driving people safely to and from destinations, such as their homes, workplaces, airports and shopping centers; knowing their way around the geographical area they serve; and keeping themselves and their vehicles clean and presentable. Driving requires both physical skills, such as the ability to start the vehicle, accelerate and decelerate, and steer the vehicle; as well as mental skills, such as handling emergency situations, understanding vehicle dynamics and defensive driving techniques.

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Working hours vary, and evening and weekend shifts are typical. In 2012, about 25 percent of taxi drivers and chauffeurs worked part time, with 1 in 7 drivers keeping variable schedules. To become one, most undergo a brief on-the-job training; however, depending on jurisdiction and vehicle class, additional requirements may include a permit and a professional driver's license, which must meet minimum standards such as age, driving experience, health, criminal record, and training. Many taxi drivers and chauffeurs have a high school diploma, although it is not required.

The median annual wage in 2012 was $22,820 per year or $10.97 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment is projected to grow at a robust 16 percent from 2012 to 2022. As of 2015, taxi drivers face stiff competition from ride-sharing companies such as Uber, which utilize private drivers and their cars.

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