Most of the times, especially now that the holiday rush is already felt as the up-coming Christmas is fast approaching, grabbing a taxi ride has become a challenging part for commuters. Hailing a cab also becomes challenging and stressful especially when cab drivers ignore you or annoyingly ask you for a contracted amount instead of paying what the taxi meter says. Unfortunately, many commuters helplessly become victims of such rude practices of impolite drivers, oftentimes resulting to heated arguments.
To avoid getting victimized of these unlikely practices, here are things to consider when grabbing a taxi ride.
Know thy fleet operator. We have heard of stories where cabs only pick passengers if the destination is favorable with the driver. Such instances, depriving passengers of their chance to get home or arrive to their workplace at a much earlier time. During these instances, it is best to take note of the taxi fleet whom we believe are reliable. Such fleets include R&E, MGE, E&E, 24/7, Divine Inspiration, and a few good names. With our experience, these fleets will take you anywhere of your choice destination, even during the rush hours.
The plate, body, and telephone number. When boarding a cab, make sure you have carefully noted the plate, body, and telephone number of the vehicle. This is to make sure that whatever happens, like for example you’ve lost valuable items inside the cab, you can easily track down the vehicle once you reported it to authorities. The plate, body, and telephone numbers of the taxi can be seen from the inside doors of the vehicle.
Who’s your cabbie? Professional fleet of taxi has their driver’s badge or ID displayed from the dashboard so passengers can easily know the name and company of the driver. When in most cases, other cabs do not have their identifications displayed. When in doubt, you may ask for the driver’s name while you engage in a short conversation. The timing is perfect when the driver starts to share stories of the day.
Make and color of the ride. Before, only yellow taxi dominated the highways, but today, we can see technicolor fleets as they ply on the streets everyday. Most popular are the white ones. And with these changes, so is the make of the vehicle. We see a lot of brand new models used as public transportation and it is good for the passengers. The newer model of the vehicle is, the more convenient the ride for sure. We do not disregard the old taxi models and we would like to think that they are maintained well also.
Peak and off-peak hours. Maybe, the reason you just can’t get a good ride is just because you probably went out on the streets during the rush hours or you were in a place where cabs rarely take their routes. Be mindful of the time and your location so you will be able to catch a taxi ride in the most easiest way.
Four rules. The maximum passengers that taxi are allowed to pick are from 3-4 persons only. Beyond that, cab drivers will not accept you as their passengers. So if you are in a group and you think you are more than four, it would be better to hail two separate taxi to get your ride faster.
Be polite. Now, even and in most cases, there are rude cab drivers. But always remember this, be the polite person that you can be during the ride. Even though you are on a bad day after confronting a rude cabbie, don’t let it ruin your day. Be the first and last person to smile it off as the cab drove off somewhere else. it pays to have a cold head, by the way.
If you want fast, safe, fast and reliable ride, there is a mobile application that will help you grab a good ride. It’s called GrabTaxi.
Angelito, driver of Divine Inspiration – UVN 782 shared that many passengers (who aren’t using the app) prefer taxi that have the GrabTaxi logo because they heard so many good things about the service it gives. Angelito, who also have relatives abroad, finds the GrabTaxi app very useful and drivers like him also get benefits from the service.
Through the use of the GrabTaxi app, passengers are charged with a fee of Php 70 upon successful booking plus the cost of the ride based on the running meter. From the Php 70, drivers like Angelito gets Php 26 share from the booking fee. Php 18 goes to GrabTaxi while the remaining Php 26 goes to the taxi fleet operator.
Another taxi mobile app that is sweeping the country is Easy Taxi, the lifestyle app that also aims to ease out your traffic woes. Like GrabTaxi, this app is available for both iOS and Android devices which allow users to book taxi with just a press of a button. Easy Taxi is such a popular idea that the app is now available for use in 15 countries and 40 cities all over the world. Over 1.5 million people have already downloaded the app and over 1 million completed transactions have been recorded all over the world.
The same with GrabTaxi, commuters only need to pay a flat rate of Php 70 on top of the flag-down rate. Visit https://www.facebook.com/easytaxiph to know more about Easy Taxi.
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