Most cab companies are looking for drivers who have a high school diploma, driver’s license and a commercial driver’s license. Furthermore, companies are looking for drivers who are reliable and level-headed, and have good people skills. No one wants to hire – let alone be in a taxi with - a hotheaded driver. Loose cannons raise the risks for accidents, which drive up insurance costs.
Training may be required depending on the cab company and state. The training covers the geography, mechanics of the meter, best places to pick on passengers and how to complete paperwork. It may also go over the best places to hang your fuzzy dice and pine tree-shaped air freshener.
Some cities have taxi cab commissions that set rates and requirements for drivers. These requirements may include an English proficiency test, 80 hours of classroom instruction, a driving test and an exam.