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of other road users and their driving. To
handle this effectively, be patient and drive
proactively. To help you focus on your
driving, ensure that nothing in the vehicle,
including the passengers, prevents you
from doing your job. It is your responsibility
to provide safe transportation to all your
customers. However, you may refuse to
transport customers if:
• your vehicle is already carrying the
   maximum allowed number of passengers
• a passenger is offensive or dangerous
   to you or others.

Good professional habits go hand in
hand with good passenger relations. To
passengers, reliable and expert service
means getting them to where they are
going safely and comfortably, by the most
direct route.

Taxi or limousine permits

Municipalities have different requirements
for issuing a taxi permit. Check with
your municipality about the requirements
needed to obtain a taxi or limousine permit.

 NOTE: Always check municipal laws 
 regarding taxi operation.

Seat belts

According to Alberta law, all drivers and
passengers are required to use seat belts
where the assemblies are provided.
However, the driver of a taxicab is exempt
from wearing a seat belt while carrying a
passenger for compensation or hire.

Reserved lanes

Reserved lane signs are placed over or
beside lanes to indicate that these lanes
are for use by specific vehicles only. The
symbol on the sign shows the type of
vehicles that are permitted to use the
lane. The symbols that may be seen are
the silhouettes of a bus, taxi, and bicycle.
Reserved lanes that are designated for
part time operation will show the hours of
the day and the days of the week when
that lane is reserved. If a lane is designated
for full time use, the sign will not show the
times and days. There will be a final sign at
the end of the reserved lane to show that
the reserved lane ends. The white diamond
on a black background indicates that the
vehicles in the reserved lane travel in the
same direction as the traffic. 

 

68   A Commercial Driver’s Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing 

 

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