01 Oct '12, 11pm

Taxi College: “We want taxi drivers to drive intellectually, not emotionally”

While the infamous reputation of New York cabbies -- cigar-chomping, invective-hurling, lead-footed drivers -- might give the impression that no qualifications are needed to get behind the wheel of a Yellow Cab, prospective drivers actually are required to spend 40 hours in the classroom learning the rules of the road: do not smoke in the car, carry a weapon, threaten a passenger or crash into taxi stands. In addition, they learn how to prevent crime, understand traffic reports, and make passengers, not to mention themselves, happy. Staying sane is a tough task in a job where drivers are considered veterans after four months and are burned out in 18 months. "We teach them how to make money and how to stay alive," says Vollo, who drove a cab for 15 years. "We want them to drive intellectually, not emotionally." The Taxi Institute, one of two private taxi schools in the city...

Full article: http://www.taxi-library.org/boyce.htm

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