In this section of the interview, Habib talks about what he likes and dislikes about his job.
- What do you think would be the best part of the job?
- And the worst part?
Listen to the recording. Does Habib mention any of your ideas?
▶Task 1 - likes and dislikes
▶Task 2 - contractions
▶Task 3 - health and safety
Habib mentions one key risk for taxi drivers: drunk and aggressive customers.
- What other key risks are there for taxi drivers?
Click here for the Health and Safety Executive website to compare your answers (scroll down to the section called ‘key risks’).
- What advice do you think Habib would give to other taxi drivers about dealing with aggressive customers?
- How could a taxi driver keep himself/herself safe?
Trudie: So you were saying about drunk people?
Trudie: Have you had any problems. Are they OK or..?
Habib: Sometimes, you’re going to meet different kind of people, you know. Some very aggressive, sometimes very nice people, you know, it depends.(6.10)
Trudie: What if they’re aggressive? How do you cope with that?
Habib: I just ignore.
Trudie: The best way.
Habib: The best way cos I’ve got kids. I don’t want any trouble, you know. I just ignore. Let them say what they want say.
Trudie: I suppose that’s quite a difference to Afghanistan?
Trudie: Cos you don’t have drunk people?
Habib: Not at all.
Trudie: No, so that’s a culture shock, isn’t it?
Trudie: So, what do you like most about your job as a self-employed taxi driver?
Habib: Well, to be honest, as I told you before, it’s just because of my kids and timing that I leave and I got enough time for my babies, you know. That’s all.
Trudie: And you don’t have a boss watching you?
Habib: Oh yeah that’s true; there’s no-one watching you, you know. No-one saying what time you have to come to work, what time you go, do this, do that. Not at all. You’re your own boss, actually.
Trudie: That’s good, so not so much stress?
Habib: No, no, no.
Trudie: Now, is there anything you dislike?
Habib: Well just the drunk people. Well, it’s a part of the job I am doing, but to be honest I don’t like it that much.
Trudie: No, I don’t think anyone would like that.
Trudie: Em, and so I suppose you would say that’s the most difficult part of the job, coping with that?
Trudie: Do you ever get anyone being sick?
Habib: Well, yes, specially weekend. They drink a lot. Especially if it’s a long journey, they do.
Trudie: And this is drunk people?
Habib: Thanks God I got carrier bags in my back seat.
Trudie: So do you give them the carrier bags to be sick?
Habib: All the time I just checking if they… ‘can you please pick up the carrier bag?’
Trudie: So you’re prepared?
Trudie: So that’s advice you could give to other taxi…– have plenty of carrier bags if you want to be a taxi driver in England?
Habib: Yes. Not all the time, it’s just the weekend, you know, after midnight.
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