This is the second part of my taxi driver interactive series.
I got a cab from Roman Ridge to take me to Dzorwulu for a meeting. There was the usual bargaining of charges then off we zoomed to my destination.
That was where I remembered I had started a blog post devoted to the stories of taxi drivers. Just out of curiosity, I am interested in the multifaceted stories of these drivers.
For those who missed the first post, check it out here >Diary of a Ghanaian taxi driver 1
This is a summary of the conversation that ensued between us.
Me: Does this taxi belong to you?
Driver: No. I work and render sales account to the owner.
Me: How does it work?
Driver: The owner has a daily sales target of GHS40. I gain when I make sales exceeding this target and on the other hand, I have to top up when sales is low.
Me: With this arrangement, do you still earn a monthly stipend?
Driver: Yes I do.
Me: Who is responsible for the car’s maintenance works?
Driver: The owner sorts out all car maintenance expenses.
I didn’t want to pry too much so I didn’t ask of how much he earns in a month.
Me: Am sure you are wondering where I am going with all these questions.
Driver: Not really, you might probably be interested in getting a taxi and you want to understand the dealings of the taxi business.
Me: Thanks for your patience.
I learnt a new aspect of the taxi driver business. I previously thought they had to render sales daily of whichever amount they generated which I believed could not be trusted fully. It’s about setting a reasonable sales target just as the sales people do.
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