Taxi drivers

How to Prevent Robbery and Violence — Occupational Health and Safety

Safety tips for taxi drivers: How to prevent theft and violence

Driving a taxi carries serious risks, and many drivers experience some form of assault or robbery on the job. NIOSH provides these tips on how to stay safe as a professional driver.

Driving a taxi can be a dangerous job – taxi drivers are daily victims of muggings, robberies and other forms of violence. Violence is often the main cause of death for taxi driversas well as motor vehicle accidents.

NIOSH has outlined some helpful tips for taxi drivers to stay safe on the job. Recommendations mainly explain how to best interact with people in various situations. Workplace violence is a major concern for the occupational safety and health industry, and the safety of taxi drivers is unquestionably part of this area.

NIOSH Quick Fact Sheet for Taxi Drivers recommends strategies for taxi drivers to prevent or reduce the likelihood of violence during a shift. You can reduce risk, here’s how.

Visibility

Better visibility in your taxi can help reduce the risk of violence. Keep the taxi in well-lit and highly visible areas when there is no film. Don’t tint the windows enough that people can’t see it. Keep windows clean and free of unnecessary signs or displays.

dealing with money

The less cash you have in your taxi, the less likely you are to be robbed. Minimize cash by making deposits as often as possible. Where possible, use cashless systems to limit the amount of cash in hand. Post stickers indicating that drivers have a limited number of cash on passenger doors or windows.

Taxi operation

Ask your taxi company to equip your taxi with security measures. For example, install and maintain security cameras and display decals indicating that the taxi has cameras on windows or passenger doors. Install and use a silent alarm or bulletproof barriers. Use personal and vehicle tracking devices, such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS), so you can be located if you need help. Check in regularly with a dispatcher or other driver and practice emergency communication systems with dispatchers or other drivers.