Taxi Hall of Fame & Shame

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An experience in a taxi is often one of the first defining moments when you reach a new city, whether for business or fun. This experience can set the tone for the entire trip, leaving the passenger excited to explore or with a sour taste and low expectations of the city.  We decided to dig deeper into the reputations that different cities around the world have for their taxi services. Based on research conducted from various travel websites, traveler forums, and the TaxiFareFinder community, we have compiled a list of the top five cities with the best and worst reputations. This information was collected, organized, and ranked by TaxiFareFinder staff based on the following criteria points:

  • Availability: the amount of taxis on the street, available to pickup passengers
  • Cleanliness: the state of the taxi when a passenger enters; the cleanliness of the seats, windows, handles, etc.
  • Friendliness: the demeanor and attitude of the driver; willingness to chat and answer questions of the passenger
  • Knowledgeable: the ability of the driver to navigate confidently around the city without getting lost
  • Quality of Driving: the ability of the driver to operate the vehicle in a safe and comfortable manner for the passenger
  • Quality of Vehicles: the condition of the automobile serving as the taxi; up-to-date, well-taken care of vehicles
  • Safety: the overall sense of safety for passengers
  • Value: the cost of the taxi ride in relation to time and distance travelled

The Hall of Fame highlights cities with the best reputations around their taxi services, showing the top 2-3 attributes that allow the city a high ranking. The Hall of Shame highlights cities with low reputations, but with attributes shown in red to signify low ranking in these categories.  Do you agree with the TaxiFareFinder Taxi Hall of Fame & Shame?

Top TFF Pinterest Pictures

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TaxiFareFinder has been collecting stunning photos of taxis, drivers, and the places they take people around the world for quite some time. This collection of images can be found on our Pinterest account with links to all of the original photos. Check out a few of our favorite photos below and start following us on Pinterest for more!

Did You Know…New York City Taxi Edition

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New York City is known for it’s iconic yellow cabs that dominate the city streets and every scenic view. Yellow taxis have become synonymous with the city and even define the nonstop hustle and bustle of the big apple. We’ve compiled notable facts, figures, and historical tidbits to celebrate the taxi-driven culture of New York City.

There are over 13,437 medallions, the right to run a yellow taxi, in New York City.

There are over 50,000 taxi drivers in New York City.

A typical driver shift is 9.5 hours.

The average number of rides per shift is 30.

The average number of miles driven in a shift is 180.

The average fare is about $6.

The average trip distance is 2.6 miles.

About 99% of all trips are less than 12 miles.

About 20% of all trips are less than 1 mile.

There are over 485,000 taxi trips made per day.

There are over 175 million taxi trips per year.

A typical taxi travels 70,000 miles per year.

Over 600,000 people ride in taxis everyday.

Over 236 million people ride in taxis every year.

The average age of a taxi vehicle is 3.3 years.

Average daily taxi usage is highest in the spring months.

Average daily taxi usage is lowest during the summer months.

Friday December 11, 2009 is the day with the most taxicabs trips between 2008 and 2013.

Taxi usage always dips significantly on major holidays.

About 90% of taxi pickups in New York City occur in Manhattan.

The average tip given to a taxi driver is 18%.

About 1% of taxi drivers in New York City are female.

Each yellow taxi goes through a rigorous inspection process 3 times per year.

Cabs have 18 different sensors, these are all reviewed during the inspection process.

Medallions can be as expensive as $1,200,000.

Over 2/3 of taxi passengers are 35 or under in age.

A cab gets its name from its predecessor, the horse-driven carriage called the cabriolet.

In 1967 all medallion taxicabs in New York City were painted yellow by order of the city.

In 1925 the first woman became a taxi driver in New York City.

There is presently a $200 penalty for taxicab drivers found using their cell phones while operating their vehicles.

TaxiFareFinder used the following resources to compile these taxicab facts and figures:

2014 Taxicab Fact Book & PBS Taxi Facts & Figures

Benefits of Investing in Hybrid Taxis by Sam Green

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Hybrid taxis are starting to become more common in the UK, and with an increasing consciousness of environmental sustainability that’s hardly a surprise – but some people are still unsure of what exactly the benefits of investing in hybrid taxis are. So, here’s some information about the environmental and health benefits of hybrid taxis, to enable you to make an informed choice.

 

Environmental Benefits

There are a multitude of benefits environmentally to switching part or all of your fleet to hybrid taxis. Firstly your emissions will be significantly reduced – this I’m sure is no great surprise, but it’s still one of the primary benefits of using hybrid taxis. The major background of global warming is carbon dioxide emission into our atmosphere, of which transportation is the second largest contributor. For every gallon of gasoline burned, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide and other green house gases enter the atmosphere. By switching to hybrid cars you can slash your fleet’s emissions, all the more important where you’ve got a significant number of cars out on the road. This is a benefit in terms of your business and your branding, as well as in terms of doing your bit – you’ll be letting people know that you and your company care about the environment, and that when riding with you they can be assured they’re reducing their carbon footprint while still getting where they need to go in comfort. Hybrid taxis also reduce noise pollution significantly, particularly as most have a start-stop engine system, meaning that they won’t idle when stationary with the engine on – particularly relevant to the kind of urban driving that your taxis undertake on a daily basis. Idling a car is not only a totally unnecessary waste of fuel, but also a major contributor to emissions and noise pollution, so by removing it completely you’re instantly removing a significant portion of the environmental concerns caused by frequent urban driving. Once a hybrid has rolled to a stop, the internal combustion engine is shut down to conserve fuel and eliminate emissions, at which point the car’s battery pack takes over, until the vehicle is once again moving at a quick enough speed to require the ignition of the gas engine.

 

Health Benefits

The environmental benefits of hybrid cars are certainly more discussed in the media, but there are also significant health benefits that mustn’t be overlooked. When living in a city your respiratory system is constantly exposed to emissions of all kinds, primarily traffic related – and this is no less true just because you’re the one driving the car. In fact the proximity to the fumes means these emissions are effectively being blown into your face, so it’s more damaging to us than larger-scale industrial emissions that might often cause more concern. Vehicle related pollutants are on the rise as a primary cause of asthma, lung disease, and a whole host of other respiratory problems – so by switching to hybrids you can make a dent in this risk to the public and your drivers’ health.

 

Other Benefits

Some people are deterred from investing in hybrid cars for their fleet as initially they require a bigger financial outlay than traditional non-hybrid taxis; however it’s best to see it as just that – an investment. In financial terms it’s an investment in a car that will create significant savings on fuel costs once in use, particularly without the idling that we’re all so familiar with in urban driving. But it’s also important to see the bigger investments in our environment and our health, even though these benefits can be difficult to see over a small timescale. Another potential deterrent is doubts about the performance of a hybrid taxi. Sure you’re not going to be rally driving around the streets of your city, but you still need to know that you can get where you want to, when you need to. The secret to the high performance of many hybrid vehicles is the fact that electric motors deliver their maximum torque instantaneously, rather than having to wait for the motor to spool or rev up each and every one of its lb-ft are available as soon as you hit the accelerator.

 
As you can see, the benefits of the hybrid car speak for themselves and although initially the cost of the vehicle may be higher than a non-hybrid taxi, the benefits to our health and perhaps more significantly, the environment, are well worth the money. In a world where we are so greatly concerned about reducing carbon emissions and our carbon footprint, as well as becoming more ecological in ourselves, a hybrid car is no doubt a huge step forward. Environmental benefits aside, the monthly savings due to more efficient fuel consumption and the readily available tax incentives are a fantastic encouragement to make the change to a hybrid taxi.