- Is being a taxi driver dangerous?
When driving a taxi you will come across some interesting people, especially when working nightshifts.
However, all taxis are fitted with security cameras for both driver and passenger safety. Every driver also has access to an emergency ‘Help’ button on their in-car MTData modem. If you require emergency assistance, you press the Emergency Button on your modem which notifies both the call centre supervisor and Nelson Police that you require immediate attention. Any drivers in the area will come to your aid as will a Nelson Police patrol car. The important thing is to remember is to stay calm and that the incident taking place in your vehicle is being recorded and monitored (the call centre supervisor can hear everything happening in your taxi) and help will be on the way.
- What hours can I work?
This will be dependent on the Shareholder you work for and will be discussed at the initial meeting.
The Land Transport Act 1998 limits the work time hours of all drivers of vehicles used in a transport service other than rental service (this includes taxis).
The Land Transport Rules, Work Time and Logbook rules 2007 requires all drivers of vehicles used in a transport service to maintain a logbook that has been approved by the Director of Land Transport.
- Work Time
Work time includes time spent performing work-related duties, driving vehicles, loading and unloading vehicles, administrative work or any other paid employment.
Instead of recording ‘on-duty time’ and ‘driving hours’ separately, all time spent working must be recorded as ‘work time’.