Although taxi driving has its perks as a profession, running a taxi company comes with inherent risks. Your employees could face harassment from customers, and you could even face lawsuits, not to mention all the auto insurance you need to have in place at all times to protect the company vehicles. If you don't already have taxi coverage
, this is one highly effective way to help ensure taxi driver safety. However, there are some other strategies you can put in place to help make sure that your taxi drivers stay safe and that you as a business owner do everything within your power to curb the risks that are unfortunately inherent in the profession.
Make Sure Your Vehicles and Insurance Policies Are Up to Code
One of the best ways you can prevent disaster is simply by following set guidelines and regulations and making sure your vehicles are in top shape
, as well as having the insurance you need in case of an accident. Some safety measures you can add to your vehicles, if you haven’t already as required, could include:
- Security cameras inside the vehicles
- Thorough safety and awareness training for all drivers
- Clear dividers between the driver’s seat and the passenger seats that are at a minimum highly resistant to attack, if not bullet-proof, to protect the driver
- Company-standard GPS systems
Encourage Good Mental and Physical Health Practices Among Employees
When you spend time with your employees, you’re likely to hear stories of times they felt physically or mentally tired from the job, whether it was due to having to help a customer with their heavy luggage or simply due to working many hours and having to stay fully alert the entire time. One of the best ways you can help make safety a priority in your company is by establishing a company culture that encourages well being. You can support this in concrete ways by offering health or fitness plans, but you can also simply encourage employees to look after their mental and physical health and take a sick day or a self-care day
when they need to.
Operating a taxi business is far from as simple as it may look on the outside. From keeping strong taxi coverage insurance policies in place to cover company cars to finding ways to protect the personal safety of your drivers, there are several moving parts to consider when coming up with a safety strategy. Although the taxi business has its inherent risks, this does not mean there's nothing to be done about it. By following some of these recommendations as a baseline, you can help curb these risks to run a successful company as safely as possible.
About Amalgamated Specialty Group
Amalgamated Specialty Group, along with its predecessor entities, has provided public auto business owners with coverage for their vehicles and operations since 1938. We provide coverage to taxis, sedans, limousines, ride-sharing vehicles, sightseeing tours, courtesy shuttles, school shuttles, last-mile delivery, and couriers across the Washington, D.C. metro area. Our expertise and experience in the commercial transportation industry allow us to provide our clients solutions that fit their unique risk profiles. To learn more about what we can offer you, call us today at (202) 547-8700.