Fast Five: Taxi Inconveniences We Encounter
We all ride a taxi every now and then, and most of us (if not all) have experienced a letdown on a few of them. In this Fast Five, we take a look at some of the inconveniences we have experienced and hopefully will be addressed in the future.
Social media and news outlets have been flocked with posts of erring taxis as of the past few weeks, and we can’t help but notice the common faults they always do. With help from a few of our friends, social media investigation, and our editorial team’s own experiences as well, we list down some of the top faults we find in these white-colored cabs.
Ok so atm nasa taxi ako and mas mainit pa sa loob kesa sa labas tangina
— m a n t h a (@xoxomanths) January 19, 2016
uhm bakit mainit yung taxi ou alam ko taxi sinakyan namin hindi oven :-)
— n. (@dokgyunsoo) December 25, 2015
Ah yes, we’ve probably had those moments that the taxi you’ve just hitched is a lot hotter compared to the metro breeze, oftentimes being described as a ‘sauna’. They really make you wish you rode the jeepney or the MRT instead, as these run-down cabs definitely need to have a repair.
The author has ridden a few of them: One during July 2015 in transit to the World Trade Center for a press launch, and another when he went home from a hotel inaccessible to other forms of public transportation.
Sana may nagmamasid din sa mga taxi driver pag gabi. Puro kontrata. Tyaga tyaga din sa yellow metered taxi pag may time.
— van (@vcb08) December 17, 2013
Bat ba ganito pag tag ulan, talagang kontrata talaga sa mga taxi. Tanginang 300-500 yan gago!
— ?? Zeng (@SupItsCat) September 18, 2014
Here’s a rule of thumb for most of them: If your destination is a bit distant, a tight traffic shall be encountered (I mean, where wouldn’t we?), opportunistic drivers ignore that little black box called the taxi meter and opt to offer passengers a verbal arrangement of the total fare to your destination. You’d often get the usual script — It’s too far, they can’t pick up a passenger on the way back, the traffic is heavy — all at the same time. This seems to be the case for most of the airport cabs, according to friends who have ridden them.
On a personal experience, a normally Php180-200 taxi ride from SM North Edsa to a tricycle terminal in San Mateo would oftentimes be requested for an additional tip, leading to a whopping Php250-350 for each asking offer.
Verbally abusive drivers
Ngayon lang ako nakipag-away sa isang bastos at walang modong taxi driver.. ngayon lang.. kasama ko pa yung kapatid at nanay ko #LTFRB
— Lawrence Gonzales (@superlurinz) September 13, 2014
Taxi driver na nang-abuso ng pasahero, kinasuhan: Nakunan siya ng pasahero niya habang nagbabanta at nagmumura ito… https://t.co/6cDxpf8R3c
— Eunice Anne (@euniceanne17) January 6, 2016
Remember that news lately of a taxi driver verbally abusing its passenger? Chances are, you also have encountered them one way or another. There were drivers who do not show courtesy to their passengers and have been arrogant and unpleasant to deal with.
And if that’s not enough, they even decline to let you in because of the destination’s distance, which they deem as ‘too far’, ‘not on their route’, or ‘they have to fetch somebody’. Yikes.
They take you everywhere
Mautak tong si manong taxi driver. Inikot ikot pa kami sa C5 road. Mas malapit naman sa service road. Tssss.
— cheng? (@chendelierrr) February 3, 2016
Kung san san nanaman ako inikot netong taxi driver nato puta
— Mikhaela Anne (@MikhaPronuevo) January 23, 2016
Pateros lang Manong Taxi, pero bakit inikot ikot mo kami sa buong Fort hahahahahahahahahahahaha hayyyyyy
— GIO MARI (@giogagah) January 9, 2016
When you don’t know your public commute to a location, we oftentimes use taxis to lessen the hassle. In some cases, this is seen to be an advantage by opportunists. This can also happen to people who hail cabs for convenience and speed, which in return don’t exactly get what they wish for.
Now, really, who haven’t experienced this? Rounding up our list are those speedy meters that make us glued on the taxi meter in hopes that our hailed cab is not one of those that tamper the boxes and speed up the fare counter when you’re not looking. Quite scary, as you may get to pay more than what you normally do.
We know these are just some of those inconveniences we experience on our taxi commute, and hence why Transport Network Vehicle Services such as Grab and Uber have soared in popularity over the past months — you get to have a fair calculation of your fare, have options for more convenient access at the touch of your phone, and heavily-screened drivers that do not take advantage of their position to make more profit.
While the news as of the late seems to paint the taxis in a negative light, please do note that there are still good cabs that offer their best customer service — fairness, honesty, and transparency — for their passengers’ convenience. Hopefully, we see more cabs get their acts up and redeem themselves from all the criticisms by providing a better overall service to all their passengers.
What are your worst taxi experiences? We’d love to hear them down the comments section below.