About In association with taxi insurer Clegg Gifford, Female Taxi Drivers has been created to share the experiences of a minority. Meet the amazing ladies who shared their taxi cab sex, shocking, emotional and interesting stories with us.
Share your story Are you a female cab driver with experiences you’d like to share? Wherever in the world you may be, we’d love to hear from you! INTRODUCTION Have you ever wondered why the majority of taxis you jump into have a male driver? A report by Transport for London revealed that only 2. We went for coffee with some of London’s elusive women cabbies who we were able to track down.
Our aim was to find out what it might feel like to be working in such a male-dominated industry. He didn’t say another word and rode off. He clearly thought he was choosing an easy target there. What made you become a cab driver? I became a cab driver after I was made redundant from job at BT. My daughter was 3 years old and my son was 18 months old at the time.
That’s something I could do, too! I decided to do it there and then. I spent a minimum of 2 hours a day studying. You first make an enquiry in the carriage office. You’re then given a little blue book with about 400 journeys.
It’s your job to drive around and familiarise yourself with these routes. You pretty much have to have a detailed map of London in your head. The carriage office then gives you a map test where you have to fill out the road names. The further out of central London you get, the less important it becomes to know the smaller streets. Would you say you enjoy your job? I understand how things like Uber may affect many other drivers negatively but you have to look at the positive side of things.
I have some amazing taxi driver friends and we always look out for each other. It’s easy to build good friendships in the trade. I had someone tell me the other day that his daughter was looking to become a cab driver and whether I thought that was dangerous. She will always come home after work with the most fascinating stories! How do you feel about minicab services like Uber? Of course the situation is not ideal. What amazes me the most is that it doesn’t even pay off.
The temptation to start is because it’s so easy to become an Uber driver. Without the necessary training many Uber drivers over-rely on their sat navs but can’t think of solutions when suddenly there is a road closure. If you don’t know alternative routes, you’re stuck. But there is no point in getting worked up about it. Joss Stone’s puppy threw up in the back of my taxi.