A limousine (or "limo") driver is a transportation professional. Also known as a chauffeur, a limo driver operates a sedan or limousine, picking up and dropping off passengers to predetermined destinations. Unlike a taxi driver, a limo driver does not pick up fares from the street. Potential customers must make an appointment in advance to have limo service.
A limo driver picks up customers at predetermined locations and predetermined times. The driver transports customers to their destinations of choice during the entire time that they have retained the driver. The driver assists passengers in the handling of luggage and large packages. The driver may open the car door for customers. The driver should be able to educate passengers with regard to local information. The driver ensures that the limo is clean, has ample fuel, and is properly maintained. The driver also keeps a log of all trips made.
Limo drivers are employed by livery transportation companies and large corporations. Additionally, they may be hired by security companies and private individuals. A candidate seeking this type of employment can apply directly to the company seeking drivers, or respond to employment ads in newspapers and online sites.
Professional organizations such as the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association provide resources and networking opportunities for candidates seeking employment opportunities within the field.
A candidates who wishes to be successful as a limo driver must be familiar with the streets and landmarks of the municipality in which he or she plans on working. The driver should also be knowledgeable of all local and state rules of the road. The driver must have excellent interpersonal skills, as he or she will be required to interact with customers from all demographics. The driver should also be a strong communicator when dealing with clients.
The successful limo driver must possess a high school diploma or equivalent, and must also be licensed to drive within the state in which he or she lives. Most employers require candidates to have a good driving record and successfully pass drug and criminal background screenings. Additional licensing requirements vary by state.
According to Salary.com, in 2009 the average chauffeur working in the United States earns an annual base salary of $30,193. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates the employment of chauffeurs to increase by 13 percent from 2006 to 2016.