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Taxi Driver is a side mission that requires the player to drive passengers to specific locations within a time limit for a cash reward. However, in Grand Theft Auto IV, the Taxi Driver mission can no longer be completed in a regular taxi. Instead, the side mission is triggered by telephoning Roman Bellic.
Niko can perform the taxi side mission by phoning Roman for fares. Following the mission Jamaican Heat, Niko can call Roman to collect a fare. Roman will give the location of the customer and his/her destination as well as informing Niko to pick up a Taxi from the cab depot. If Niko is already driving one, he will tell Roman that he can go and pick up the fare immediately.
Even though no time counter appears, the passengers will tell Niko to hurry up and the mission can fail if the player takes too long. However, most fares give Niko ample time to reach the destination, though the player can still be held up at places like Tollbooths.
If/when the player completes ten of Roman's taxi fares, Roman will text Niko and say that the other drivers were getting jealous of Niko "hogging all the fares" and that he should "use his fists" to gain money instead. After this, Niko can no longer collect fares.
After the mission Roman's Sorrow, even if the player has not completed all or any of the taxi missions, they will be permanently disabled as Roman's depot is burned down.
- Taxi missions are not required for 100% completion of the game, nor do they bring any achievement or bonus, apart from small monetary amounts of $20-$30 (considerably less if the player needs to use tollbooths). They were most likely included for the sake of realism, and to help the player familiarise themselves with the road layout while gaining some extra money.
- The destination of the fourth fare that Niko picks up is Schottler Medical Center. Upon arrival, the fare will drop to the ground in a scripted animation. It is unknown what happens to the fare, though he may attempt to enter the hospital.