Taxi drivers have been accused of many things. Inconsiderate driving, don’t use signals, don’t stop for passengers, selective driving, always sitting at coffeeshops, always complaining about gahmen.
But let’s step back and have explore their lives a little shall we?
Before we go on, do you remember the famous story last year? The one where the two taxi drivers reportedly earned between S$6,000 to S$7,000 a month?
The article went completely viral and drew disbelief. Not just that, most cab drivers express that clocking in long hours is not sustainable, not healthy and these are merely isolated success stories.
In theory cabbies’ working hours are flexible; feel like taking a nap? No one will stop you. Feel like taking a long coffee break? No one will check when you get back to work. Need to run an errand in between customers? Just turn off the sign on top … Read More
Taking a taxi (taksi) in Istanbul is a cheap, easy and comfortable way of transportation. But with 20.000 taxis driving around town, only a fool would believe all drivers are honest. Luckily most of them are indeed fair, but there are a rising amount of cases where tourists get hustled while taking a taxi ride in Istanbul. It’s always good to have a healthy level of suspicion. Here are the most popular Istanbul taxi scams, and how you can prevent them from happening to you. Once you’re done, don’t forget to read up on even more tips to prevent popular Istanbul taxi scams.
Making the Taxi Ride Longer
Scam — This a very common trick pulled on tourist by taxi drivers all over the world, and Istanbul is no exception to the rule. As a tourist you don’t know the shortest way to your destination, so the taxi driver can … Read More
Driving a taxi in one of America’s urban jungles is back-breaking work with little reward. The hours are long, most of them spent sitting or schlepping 50-pound suitcases to the trunk. The pay can be awful; if a driver doesn’t make enough in a night to cover the lease of the taxi medallion and gas, he or she might go home with $0—or, worse, owe the taxi company money. And then, on top of all that, there are the people: us. The taxi universe is the service industry on steroids, with drivers encountering the spectrum of humanity, sometimes behaving its worst.
This isn’t to say cab drivers are perfect. As in any industry, there are bound to be a few shady characters who overcharge customers, keep a messy car, or just behave rudely. But most of them are trying to do right by their customers and their families, says Francis … Read More
Growing up in Canada, Greg Stinson never imagined he would one day become a taxi driver — especially not on the other side of the world in Tokyo.
“I didn’t have some childhood dream to be a taxi driver,” said the 34-year-old, who joined cab firm Hiro Kotsu Co. late last August. “People have negative opinions and not-so-negative opinions about the taxi industry, but it seemed really interesting as a way for me to have a new experience in Japan.”
Hiro , which operates in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture, began actively recruiting non-Japanese drivers last spring. The company already employed a handful of drivers from overseas and had been impressed with their performance. It was also keen to capitalize on the record number of tourists that have been flocking to Japan.
Like many sectors in the country, the taxi industry is feeling the effects of the labor crunch caused … Read More
Let’s get it straight – don’t let anybody tell you driving a taxi is the way to a guaranteed easy life. Like every line of business, cab driving has its challenges as well as its rewards.
First and foremost, you’re dealing with people, all the time. If you’re a people person – and many of us are – then taxi driving can offer a fabulous outlet for your interests and personality. Taxi drivers are, rightly, famed for sharing their opinions, after all! You can also make some pretty decent tips in the taxi business, especially if you’re good at getting on with your customers. If you don’t really enjoy chatting to lots of people on a regular basis, then maybe cab driving isn’t the answer for you.
As well as a way of life that means meeting new people all the time, the cab trade also gives thousands of workers … Read More
While visiting Australia about six years ago, I received a surprising lesson on the ETR principle of “Living Rich” from my taxi driver.
I had just finished a hectic two-day business trip in Sydney and was ready to go home. When I got into my taxi for the half-hour ride to the airport, my thoughts were on all the things I had to do once I got back.
The taxi driver explained that there were several routes he could take to the airport; however, he recommended only one of them because of the time of day. I commented that he seemed to know his business.
“I guess I do,” he said.
He then went on to tell me his story – one of the most unusual stories I have ever heard . . .
My taxi driver (I’m embarrassed to admit that I never did ask his name) had been … Read More