Driving a taxi can be a hazardous job. Many taxi drivers even experience assault, robbery, and other forms of violence on a daily basis. Violence is often a leading cause of taxi driver deaths, along with motor vehicle crashes.
There are a few measures for taxi drivers to implement to stay safe on the job. In addition to securing Washington Taxi Insurance, drivers can take advantage of these strategies that can greatly help to prevent or reduce the likelihood of violence during a shift and deal with the associated pitfalls.
Greater visibility in your taxi can significantly help reduce the risk of violence. Be sure to always keep the taxi in a well-lit, highly visible area when not moving. Do not tint windows to the extent where people cannot see in. Keep windows clean and free from unneeded signs or postings.
Dealing with Cash
The less cash you have in your taxi, the less likely you are to be robbed. Minimize cash on hand by making deposits as often as possible. Where feasible, use cashless systems to limit the amount of cash on hand. Post decals stating drivers have limited cash on hand on the passenger doors or windows.
Install and maintain security cameras and post decals showing the taxi has cameras on the passenger windows or doors. Install and use a silent alarm or bullet-resistant barriers. Use personal and vehicle tracking devices, such as global positioning systems (GPS), so you or your divers can be located if help is needed.
Regular check-ins with a dispatcher or another driver and practicing emergency communication systems with dispatchers or other drivers are also great safety measures.
For those who employ other drivers, you have legal responsibilities you must adhere to for your operations as a whole. It is the employer’s responsibility to take adequate measures to protect the health and safety of their employees; it is also crucial for each driver to practice safety.
A “General Duty Clause” states that employers must allow a place of employment which is free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to their employees.
About American Risk Management, Inc.
American Risk Management, Inc. (ARM), along with its predecessor entities, has provided public auto business owners with coverage for their vehicles and operations since 1938. We provide coverage to taxis, sedans, limousines, ride-sharing vehicles, sightseeing tours, courtesy shuttles, school shuttles, last-mile delivery, and couriers across the Washington, D.C. metro area. Our expertise and experience in the commercial transportation industry allow us to provide our clients solutions that fit their unique risk profiles. To learn more about what we can offer you, call us today at (202) 547-8700.