The Best Shifts for a Private Hire Driver
The pco hire career is one where you you can choose the shift– but this freedom won’t tell you which shifts will bring the most income, or how to find a balance in your personal life.
Understanding the work and leisure cycle of London is the best place to start when choosing your shift time. For example, early mornings and early evenings on the weekends are the times that commuters are hurrying to reach railway stations and airports. However, traffic during these times can be a huge problem, so you should be aware of any road closures and even shortcuts which can change your route for that day.
The weekend evenings of Friday and Saturday can also be a great opportunity to pick up customers, heading to or from areas where public transport is reduced or not in service. But these shifts are likely to have drunk customers (in some cases, drug users), which can lead to unpredictable, and in some cases aggressive, encounters. These shifts will also require you to work late into the night.
Whatever shifts you choose, ensure you have good private car insurance to cover public liability; the problems of weekend shifts are an example of why this is essential.
Furthermore, see what incentives there are to work at certain times of the day; your employer might offer you more money to work during quieter periods of the day, for example, than they would offer for the weekend shifts which might be overpopulated with other drivers. We hope you find the shift which is just right for you and your pco rental!