The day in the life of a Yellow Cab Hawthorne driver starts in about the same way as anyone else in the work force. He drives his own car to work, just like other people; although he drives the owner’s car during business hours, that car stays at the lot until he starts his shift.
Since most cab companies operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the drivers shift can begin at different times of the day. Most drivers work eight hours but the hours can be longer, or shorter, depending on the needs of the company.
Yellow Cab Hawthorne drivers are expected to wear a company uniform during work hours, and to come to work neat, clean, and ready to drive.
There are two ways of earning money as a cab driver. Some companies pay their drivers an hourly salary, and collect the money that the driver made at the end of the workday. The other way is to hire drivers as independent contractors; this is the most popular option. The driver is responsible for all taxes, pays a leasing fee to the company every shift for driving the cab, and keeps all money and tips from customers he transports during the day.
Being an independent contractor for a United Checker Cab company can be a blessing or a curse; depending on the type of day you have. If you are dead you will make no money, if you are busy you could make tons. It’s a toss-up when you are an independent contractor in any business.
There are rules, codes, and regulations that a Yellow Cab Hawthorne driver has to follow. You have to keep in touch with the dispatch agents throughout the day about bathroom breaks, and such. This is for your protection as well as the company’s. There are certain codes that you use when talking to dispatch as well. At the end of the day, you must go back to the dispatch office to turn in your paperwork, including information such as fees charged to customers, places you went, and the amount of customers you had.