Posted: 27th October, 2015
Posted: 15th December, 2014
Five minute cabbie catch up: interview with one of our drivers
Picking up and dropping off thousands of people a year, all cabbies have unbelievable knowledge of London’s roads and usually have a story or two to share. But what is it actually like to be a cabbie? What does a normal day look like? Our cabbie Gary gives us the inside scoop…
Why did you want to be a cabbie?
To be honest it was my wife! I used to work for the railway, but when my wife started learning the Knowledge she asked me if I wanted to give it a go. I didn’t think that it would be for me and went into it casually; however anyone who has ever attempted the Knowledge will tell you that dipping your toe in isn’t an option! Once you start it’s a full – time commitment.
Who’s the best experience you’ve had since you’ve been a cabbie?
I don’t think there is anything that stands out particularly – throughout my time I have seen a whole range of different people. I like that once you start speaking to people, everybody has their own interesting story. Ex-soldiers for instance, are fascinating to speak to and hearing their experiences and views.
Summarise a typical day
My wife and I share a cab, she works during the day and I work the late afternoon and evening shift. We meet to swap the cab and I begin my shift, which tends to start around 3:30 and can sometimes go on as late as 01:00 in the morning – it sounds crazy but is the same as a normal working day for most people. Despite working the late shift, I’m usually up around 9:00 to walk the dogs.
What do you most enjoy about your job?
That would be the freedom. I was in my previous job for 35 years, where like most employees out there I was working for someone else and wasn’t able to choose my own days off or holiday time. Being a cabbie, I can work where I like (within the M25!) and when I like, meaning that I can take time to do the things I enjoy most like being near the coast and scuba diving.
And finally have you had many customer comments about the display units?
Every now and then customers comment on the units and are quite impressed when I explain that the units work on a GPS system , but I would say that more people notice it whilst I’m driving along – when we first installed the unit I remember people stared a lot, often open mouthed! When opening the doors for passengers, quite a few hotel doormen have mentioned that our screens are very bright and noticeable.
And with that Gary goes off to begin another day, no doubt different from the last.
Posted: 5th December, 2014
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