A car driver is responsible for driving a commercial vehicle with the purpose of either transporting paying customers or goods of some description.
Becoming a professional car driver is a relatively simple process. In the vast majority of cases, only a valid UK driving licence is required. However, a taxi driver, for example, will require a licence to carry fee-paying passengers from the local council. This will require the candidate to pass a knowledge test and a criminal record check. Employment as a car driver can also be found within courier companies, the public sector and a wide range of commercial organisations.
Recruitment agencies will usually need to see evidence of a stable work history with valid references, as a car driver will often be trusted with an expensive vehicle to look after. An applicant will also need to submit their real driving licence and counterpart before being considered; most professional drivers need to have a clean licence in order to be considered.
The turnover of driving staff is often quite high, so part-time driving jobs in particular are relatively easy to come by. However, the competition for every single job is huge, so a candidate with a track record of driving in a previous role will have a distinct advantage over other applicants. A car driver can expect a salary of around £12,000, although this can be increased with gratuities in certain service-based industries.