06 Mar Driver in the Spotlight | International Women’s Day | Elizabeth Scott
How many times have you climbed into a taxi to find a female driver at the wheel? Until recently, your answer may have been “never”.
We sat down with Elizabeth to learn more about life as a female in the taxi industry.
It’s no secret that taxi driving has been a predominately male based industry, due to the sometimes ‘challenging’ environment taxi drivers are required to work in. However, here at Black & White Cabs the number of females coming through our driving training program continues to increase.
This is only good news for Black & White Cabs and the Taxi Industry in general. After all, women are statistically safer drivers then men!
One of the most well-known drivers at Black & White Cabs is Elizabeth Scott. Elizabeth got into the taxi industry thanks to a recommendation from a friend.
“I applied for a job in the Call Centre at Black & White Cabs thanks to a suggestion from a friend. While I was working there, I decided I wanted to earn a little more cash, so I started driving taxis on weekends. I haven’t really looked back since!”, Elizabeth explains.
Even though Elizabeth is in the minority of her industry, she doesn’t believe it will always stay that way.
“I’m rare in my industry. I don’t know many other women who drive taxis. I think a lot of them are under the illusion that it is dangerous – but it really isn’t! I have met some truly amazing people in my time as taxi driver and I think passengers gravitate towards me because I’m a female.”
“I would absolutely encourage any ladies to get involved in the industry. Here at Black & White Cabs there are some amazing and successful women working in all areas of the company – some of them don’t know just how inspiring they are!”, Elizabeth says.
Women in the taxi industry, are, without a doubt, contributing more and more to the industry and continue to break the stereotypes that can sometimes be associated with the industry.
Elizabeth Scott is just one example of this. As a female taxi driver, Elizabeth’s mental toughness, positivity and advocacy for creating her own opportunities are something to behold.
Elizabeth encourages any women thinking about a career change to consider driving a taxi.
“I strongly believe we should never compare ourselves to others or change to fit into the mould that has been around for decades. It can get hard sometimes, but it’s the mentality you set that makes the difference, so be positive and give it a crack!”, Elizabeth says.
As we celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, we here at Black & White Cabs wish to thank all the women that continue to be pioneers and push the boundaries of what is possible in the taxi industry.
MORE ABOUT ELIZABETH SCOTT
Did you grow up in Brisbane?
Yes, I was born and raised in Brisbane and wouldn’t have it any other way.
What keeps you excited about the taxi industry?
The Brisbane community I get to work with and the opportunities that come from working in the call centre and driving a taxi.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
Well, it depends how much! But I would take a trip around the world. There are so many beautiful things to see in this world, so definitely on my bucket list of things to do.
What’s your dream holiday destination?
Well, if I could live anywhere, I would probably choose Los Angeles (LA). For a holiday, it would be Greece! I’m hoping to go there with a few friends soon. Very excited!
Do you have any favourite quotes or mottos you live by?
One that sits very closely to my heart is – “Great things don’t come from comfort zones”. This is something I truly believe and try to live my life by.
Thanks to Elizabeth Scott for taking the time to sit down with us for this interview. We wish you the greatest success for 2020 and beyond!
– Black & White Cabs 🙂