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3 Things you didn’t know about Taxi Services

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Everyone knows what a taxi service is. You can find a taxi almost anywhere on the road or at the airport. Some taxi companies also offer on-call booking services. Some even have online booking services. There is so much more to taxi services that people don’t know about.

  • Did you know that the first taxis were powered by battery? They were powered by cells as heavy as 800 lbs. Do you know the first North American to be jailed for reckless driving was punished because he drove a taxi at the speed of 12 mph? It was an electric taxi.
  • Today, you can find meters in all taxis. It is required by law. The earliest taxis didn’t have meters. It was in 1907 that the first taxis with meters were introduced.
  • Taxis began having bulletproof partitions in the 70s. However, you can find general partitions in most taxis available today.
  • The first taxis used to have red and green panels. This changed with time. Authorities eventually came to the conclusion that taxis be painted in yellow in late 1960s. Today, you can also find reputed taxi services offering their fleets in black colors.
  • The iconic Checker Taxi was founded by someone who migrated to the U.S. from Russia. This taxi service became more successful than major Ford and GM-owned fleets.
  • Did you know there were taxis with sunroofs in the 1930s?

Taxi Driving is One of the Most Stressful Jobs

While you ponder on these unknown things about taxis, there is another point for you to consider. Do you know that driving a taxi is one of the most stressful jobs in the world? It’s compared to the level of stress experienced by soldiers, policemen and firefighters. So the next time you get into a taxi, it will help in being polite to your driver. Surveys show that drivers are mostly stressed by the way they are treated by their passengers. Many people offend taxi drivers without even realizing it.

Then there are the long work hours. It is not just that taxi drivers have to work long hours, they can also be called on duty at any time. Just a few polite words can go a long way in making your journey a great experience for you and the driver.

So the next time you get into a taxi, you will remember these facts.