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Synonyms: Private chauffeur; chauffeur, private motor-car; also used as an alternate title to “bus driver” (DOT); also: limousine driver; managerial driver; pool-car driver

Job profile

Definition and/or description


Drives automobile to transport office personnel and visitors to commercial or industrial establishments. Performs miscellaneous errands, such as carrying mail to and from post office. May make overnight drives and extended trips requiring irregular hours. May be required to have a chauffeur’s licence. May clean vehicles and make minor repairs or adjustments (DOT).

Related and specific occupations


Bus driver; taxi (cab) driver; truck driver; lorry and van driver; etc.



Adjusting; arranging; assisting; carrying; changing; checking; cleaning; collecting; communicating; commuting; directing; driving; documenting; handling; inspecting; lifting; loading and unloading; locating; maintaining; mending; operating; organizing; performing; placing; pulling and pushing; regulating; repairing; reporting; servicing; transporting.


Accident hazards


– Increased risk of road accidents as a result of overnight drives and extended trips during irregular hours;

– Slips, trips and falls while carrying luggage and packages;

– Injuries as a result of accomplishing various functions (e.g., field repair work, tyre change, etc.) of a vehicle driver (see also truck driver; bus driver, etc.).

Physical hazards


May be exposed to physical hazards when working under some specific conditions (e.g., to radiation when transporting mail containing radioisotopes, etc.).

Chemical hazards


May develop mild dermatitis due to use of cleansers and detergents.

Biological hazards


Potential exposure to infectious diseases when transporting sick passengers.

Ergonomic and social factors


– Low back pain and pains in the joints (of legs and hands/arms) due to extended driving, sometimes over bumpy roads;

– Psychological stress and job dissatisfaction as a result of performing a subordinate role and of a need to cater for various, sometimes unexpected, demands of passengers;

– In case of fulfilling an additional duty of a bodyguard, various hazards typical for this function;

– Visual discomfort and eye problems caused by inadequate illumination and eyestrain (especially when driving at dark time on interurban roads).



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