Sunday, November 9, 2014

Tips for hiring a taxi in USA

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Be familiar with the rate per kilometer. Rates do vary from taxi operator to operator.  For uplifting passengers at the airport, some operators levy an airport surcharge.
  • The hirer of a cab has the right of freedom of choice - any cab on a rank may be hired.
  • Pay only charges as displayed on the taximeter.  A blank taximeter or zero display indicates that no charges are due to the driver.   Refrain from paying any fare or additional charges, which are not displayed on the taximeter. Fares are calculated per vehicle, up to 4 passengers, and not per person. (For a passenger transportation voucher system arranged with the hospitality industry, the taximeter fare is not applicable)
  • The taximeter fare is for the protection of the hirer.    Avoid using cabs which do not have a taximeter fitted, or if the driver claims that the taximeter is defective, or alternatively check the odometer for the distance traveled after first establishing the rate per kilometer.
  • Be aware of electronic taximeters that have multiple tariffs programmed therein to exploit visitors - a lower tariff for local clients & higher tariffs for visitors.     It is advisable to check the rate per kilometer being charged.
  • When boarding, the taximeter display must be blank or zero.    The taximeter should only be set in motion once the user has hired the vehicle.
  • Fixed quotes are usually inflated by the driver.   For fairness, when boarding insist that the driver sets the taximeter in motion so that the hirer can be in a position to compare the fixed quote with the fare calculated by the taximeter.
  • Taximeters display the fare in S.A. Rand.  The hirer should refrain from paying the driver in foreign currency, unless familiar with the foreign exchange rate.
  • Avoid utilizing cabs that are unmarked & carry no identification, as they are most likely to be illegal, and do not offer extended passenger liability insurance
  • In the event of a cab not being hired when summoned, a call out fee need be only voluntarily paid at the discretion of the caller.
  • A gratuity is payable at the discretion of the hirer.
  • Cabs do not normally cruise around but can be found on various taxi ranks. It is usual practice to telephonically request a cab from a reputable taxi operator.
  • It is advisable to pre-book with a taxi operator that utilizes a computer-aided dispatch system for accurate recording of booking information and thereby fulfills their booking obligations.

Interesting Facts of a Taxi Driver in USA.

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Did you know that a cab driver cannot play a radio or a tape without the consent of the passenger he is carrying? 
·         A taxi driver is not allowed to wear clothes with tears, holes or prominent stains.
·         Every driver must have a detailed city map even if his vehicle is equipped with GPS or similar devices.
  • If you do not book your cab, you are not linked with the cab company. Unprofessional drivers can take advantage of that.

·         Cab drivers are not allowed to smoke or use tobacco if there are passengers in the cab
·         All cab companies should provide lost-and-found service
  • By law, it is mandatory to have shatterproof windshield and windows in taxicabs
  • A driver is not allowed to drive a taxi more than 12 hours a day and 72 hours a week.
In February 1969, Universal Studios started filming a movie ‘Airport’ based on the novel of the same name by Arthur Hailey. In the movie, Minneapolis-St. Paul International was called Lincoln International located near Chicago. Due to Minnesota’s snowy winters, MSP was chosen for the movie. But, the weather was dry during the film, so the producers used plastic snow and wind machines.
·         More than 50 million people are estimated to travel through MSP International Airport
·         British Band ‘The Beatles’ were here back in 1965

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