Friday, July 15, 2016

Is it a cab?

There is little I admire former dictator state Premier Kennett for but in the 1990s he got stuck into the taxi drivers. You will wear a uniform shirt. You will not smoke in your taxi cab. You will paint your taxi yellow. The dictator's orders went out, and thus it was done.

Here is a snip from The Age in 2013:

Melbourne's familiar yellow taxis will soon be changing colour in a bid to spark competition and improve industry standards.
The move to introduce alternative colours to the current yellow taxi scheme has been approved by the Taxi Services Commission as part of an overhaul of the industry.
The commissioner, Graeme Samuels, has announced smaller taxi networks will be allowed to paint their cabs different colours as part of attempts to stimulate competition in the industry.
It is part of a raft of industry changes that also include more stringent driver testing and changes to the licensing system.
"You might see cabs that are, I don't know, lime green or blue," he said.
"What you'll be able to do is go to a taxi rank and say I want to pick a particular colour because I understand they provide a much better quality service, they've got better quality drivers."

If you've ever watched a taxi rank operating, I can tell you this promoting competition is load of nonsense. You take the taxi at the head of the queue. They are often so tightly parked that it would be impossible for any taxi but the first to move anyway. How would you be at the airport in the taxi queue trying to choose a certain coloured taxi? If you hail a cab on the street, you want the first one that appears and are not likely to wait and choose by colour. Yes, you can choose your taxi company when you make a phone or app booking, but whatever colour it may be makes no difference if you use your preferred company.

Could the foolish idea be connected to the ending of car manufacturing in Australia? Too hard to specify imports in taxi yellow?

The easily visible yellow taxis.


The not so easily visible other coloured taxi. Tossers!


24 comments:

  1. I really don't care what colour my taxi is, so long as it is clean and goes where I need. And I agree about the competition thing. First cab on the rank it is.

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    1. EC, I guess you phone book your taxi rather than hail one on the street, which is where a very visible colour comes into play. Phone booking is best.

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  2. I blah blahed the yellow taxis but changed my mind when they became highly visible. Now we have some silver service cabs and some yellow ones with a deep green roof. I am so used to my regular drivers that sometimes I collapse in the cab ready to head for home and a voice asks where to. A newbie that will have to be trained. I love the way my regulars are now sneakingly using the back gate to the Pub instead of risking my life and limb on the Highway and I do tip for a good ride.

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    1. Jah Teh, I think the green roofed cars are only allowed after a certain hour of the day to do mainly peak night time work, although that may have changed. I hope it is a monetary tip you give and not something in kind.

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    2. Our community doesn't have taxi. But it seem there been a battle between the taxi and the freelance such as Uber....Coffee is on

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    3. Dora, the battle between taxis and Uber is happening here too. It has only just been decided that Uber is going to be legalised.

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  3. Most Adelaide taxis are white with a different style or colour logo on the door panel, so if you want to hail one in the street you have to try and spot the light on the roof. I don't care which company it is when I get in at a taxi stand, as long as it isn't Uber. Do they have a logo that is easily spotted?

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    1. River, I don't think Uber cars have any markings on them as they are just privately owned cars. They can't take passengers from the street and must be booked.

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  4. We only use a taxi now and then when we're in Sydney, but it's definitely a case of first come, first gets the fare. I keep meaning to take a taxi ride in one of our cute London style cabs just to see what they're like inside :)

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    1. Grace, we saw quite a few of your London style cabs in the streets of Perth. I assume they are the same inside as a London cab, but maybe with boosted air conditioning. They just make so much common sense.

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  5. Kennett was a snot, but possibly no worse than Joh Bjelke-Petersen in Queensland, Robert Askin in NSW, Thomas Playford in South Australia etc.

    I am glad all the taxis in this state are all yellow, but that is the ONLY good thing I can think of from Kennett's seven long and horrible years of rule.

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    1. Hels, yes those old ones were shockers, but Kennett was of a different era and the worst of his time. The yellow cabs will disappear as they come up for replacement.

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  6. Yellow as a taxi colour is so common here one company is actually called Yellow Cab.

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    1. Cranky, we too have Yellow Cabs, along with Silver Top, Black Cabs and more. But they were all yellow. It makes them so easy to spot.

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    2. We have "Yellow Cabs", they're white cars with a yellow "Yellow Cab" logo on the doors (*~*)

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  7. I agree with your sentiments; taxi reform was one of Kennett's few good achievements (cleaning up trains and railway stations was the other). Isn't it a lot easier to distinguish taxis on the street when they're such a distinctive colour?

    I suspect that it's less to do with an end to local manufacturing and more to do with a trend of "deregulation" or the state being seen to "cut red tape" (which is often there for a reason). Victoria had the most professional-looking taxi fleet in Australia.

    Sadly no more.

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    1. Of course they are, Adam. It is a no brainer and a step backwards in my view. Red tape may be quoted as a reason, but how much red tape could there be in painting taxis a particular colour? Imagine New York without its yellow taxis.

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  8. I've never been in a taxi, that I recall but it makes sense that they be the same color, so you know to hail a yellow car, when attempting to get one, from the curb. I guess that's how you do it. How would I know. I don't. We have cabs here in this small town, which seems strange, except lots of people do not have cars, due to cost of buying one and insurance, all that, or illness so one cannot drive, but they are vastly expensive for a two mile jaunt to a grocery. Minimum fare of $6 or more, just to go a couple miles to the grocery store. That's $12 round trip, if you pay the minimum, and it may be higher now and most people without cars cannot afford such a price.

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    1. Strayer, our cabs are subsidised for the physically disabled and passengers pay about half the fare. Many areas have a free community bus route to get old people to the shops etc, and then there another system of volunteer drivers who may use a supplied car or their own to take people to shops and medical appointments etc. It depends very much where you live as to what sort of services you receive.

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  9. And of course, who knows what colour car you Uber driver will have.

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    1. Carol, hopefully a nice colour. Silver iridescent would be good.

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  10. Except for pre booked taxi journeys I can't see much logic in this concept.

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    1. That they are multi coloured or yellow? I don't think your cabs are one colour?

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    2. That competition is encouraged through different coloured taxis. Yes our cabs are different colours too; perhaps not as colourful as yours though?

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