A taxi, also known as a taxicab or a cab, is a type of vehicle for hire with a driver.  Often used by a single passenger or small group of passengers, often for a non-shared ride.  A taxicab transports passengers from one location to a location of their choice.  This is different from most other modes of public transport where the pick-up and drop-off locations are predetermined by the service provider and not by the passenger.  Taxi customers often demand quick response transport times.   There are more and more hybrid taxi services showing up as time passes.  With the fuel economy it is more lucrative for the taxi company.  With fuel cost being the largest financial burden of the taxi company.  Although types of vehicles and methods of regulation, hiring, dispatching, and negotiating payment differ significantly from company to company and country to country, many common characteristics do exist.  This is a multi-billion dollar industry.


While you can operate a most taxi’s with a valid license in the United States you will find that most companies will require a criminal and driving background to be performed.  This is mainly due to insurance reasons.  There are some special cases where you may need to have more background information checked.  If you are to go back and forth from airports this may happen.

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