1. How was your workday yesterday?
Yesterday, I indulged in a long breakfast and found time for a quick sunbathe by the pool before I was picked up from the hotel and taken to the airport. I came back from holiday yesterday, you see. I had a relaxing few days in Egypt after the hustle and bustle of Christmas.
2. What’s the story behind your becoming a taxi driver?
I've always been a driver. I started out in the logistics industry and drove cargo all over Europe, even in big trucks. But as time passed, I realized I was missing something.
3. What do you like about your work?
The people. I love my work because I can help people and make them happy. Whether it's a stressed-out company director or a gaggle of girls on a hen party, I’ll gladly chat with anyone, but I also know when someone needs a bit of quiet.
4. Anything you are averse to in your work?
Drivers who are playing around with their mobiles while driving. They’re a danger not only to themselves, but also to other road users. It’s irresponsible and it's a risk to me and my passengers that could be avoided.
5. Do you remember your first outing in your very first car?
Yes, of course. I had already bought a used Ford Capri before I passed my driving test. It was a beauty, all in white, but it had seen better days. I did it up and decided to go for a coffee right after I got my licence. The café was in Paris. Everyone asked me why I drive to Paris for a coffee. I answered, why not?
6. What would you do if cars didn’t exist?
That’s a tough one. If cars didn't exist, we'd still have to get from A to B somehow. Whatever the vehicles looked like, they’d probably need a driver, operator or whatever. That would be me, I guess.