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Unit 2: Road safety when driving passengers in a taxi or private hire vehicle

Unit 2: Road safety when driving passengers in a taxi or private hire vehicle

Unit aim and purpose

The purpose of this unit is to enable learners to understand how to transport passengers safely and in relative comfort. This unit is particularly suitable for learners working as drivers in the taxi or private hire industries and those preparing to enter the industry.

Unit introduction

Taxi and private hire drivers transporting customers have a professional duty to make sure that they are physically and mentally fit, in order to promote customer safety and comfort.  Learners will need to understand factors that can affect a driver’s judgement and concentration.  They will also need to recognise that driving styles can affect safety,

vehicle efficiency, the environment and customer comfort.

Learners will need to be able to describe the elements of defensive driving and the importance of using mirrors and signals.  They will need to be able to identify authorised persons who have the authority to request to see a driver’s or operator’s licenses.  Learners should also be able to outline the relevant legislation relating to the use of seat belts.  The effects of alcohol and drugs on a driver’s judgement and concentration and the use of safety measures to control speed, red light and traffic infringements will also be covered in the unit.

This unit is based on Unit 2 (Drive Community Transport, Chauffeured, Taxi or Private Hire Vehicles Safely and Efficiently) of the GoSkills’ National Occupational Standards for Road Passenger Vehicle Driving.


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