Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Taking a short trip in a cab

Today I googled 'short airport taxi fare xxxx', where xxxx stands for various cities around the world and it seems to be a world wide problem. Taxi drivers do like like short fares from airports. Most airports seem to have a priority system for drivers who take short fares and return to the airport. Is that reasonable?

Surely odds come into play here. Every driver will cop a short fare at times. Sometimes they might get two in a row and feel very cheated, but it is totally random. They may then go for months and not have an airport short fare. I don't see any reason for any priority if they have taken a small fare trip.

Melbourne Airport had a priority system, but some taxi drivers were abusing the system. It seems that this can be easily sorted out when a number plate recognition system begins later this year.

This is behind the scenes stuff though and should not be a matter that the general public taxi user should have to worry about. You get in the cab and it takes you to where you want to go, via the shortest route with the meter on.

But Melbourne Airport seems to care little about taxis blockading the taxi holding area. They don't care about the taxi drivers. They have only just allowed a public transport bus to have a stop near the airport terminals after stonewalling for years. They gouge the general public for short term parking. They overlook touts operating in the airport. Only now are they addressing extreme traffic congestion in the last kilometre to the airport. They sucessfully lobbied Vic Roads to prevent people from parking on the verge of the road to airport, while waiting for a call from an arriving passenger to be picked up, thereby forcing them into the expensive short term car park. Melbourne Airport is certainly no friend to the general public.

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  1. Nathan and I once had to walk a female friend from her hotel in the city to southern cross station at 4am in the morning because she was told she'd have a hard time getting a taxi for such a short distance (and she was too scared to walk on her own). I know it is a business at the end of the day so economics will win out but it would be nice to be able to rely on a taxi to be able to get someone safely from their hotel to the station and not have to worry about whether it will even show up.

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    1. Ad Rad, I get the airport wait for taxi drivers and disappointment at a short fare, but it should not matter in the city.

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  2. Since Australia's airports were privatised they have become upmarket retail outlets with revenue generation the primary object. The smooth, economic movement of people seems to be a minor consideration, if a consideration at all.

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    1. Victor, their prime source of income seems to be car parking. Is that really what airports should be about?

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  3. I vote you in as Transport minister.

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  4. That comment should have been on the last post about trams. It went flickery jib and here it is on this post. It sounds like it is time for an up grade. Sydney and Brisbane now have short term 15 mins free parking for pick ups to stop the verge parking.

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    1. Not Prime Minister Diane? Melbourne does too now, but since when do airports and planes run to a no later or earlier than 15 minutes.

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