Driving a taxi can be a hazardous job because taxi drivers experience assault, robbery, and other forms of violence every day. Violence is often a leading cause of taxi driver deaths, along with motor vehicle crashes.
KeepTaxisAlive.Org recommends the following strategies for taxi drivers to prevent or reduce the likelihood of violence during a shift. You can reduce that risk and here’s how:
Greater visibility into your taxi can help reduce risk of violence.
The less cash you have in your taxi, the less likely you are to be robbed.
Ask your cab company to equip your taxi with safety measures. For example;
While some customers might be aggressive or use provocative language, it’s best to not engage if possible. Ask your cab company to provide safety training on how to recognize, avoid, or calm potentially violent situations.
Some simple tips to follow:
The taxi driving profession unfortunately sees a high rate of workplace violence. Please follow the safety tips above and stay safe.