A DC Taxi Day

Only in DC, with its f~*ked taxi zone system would I have a taxi day like today.

First it was training day on a drive to NoVA. The driver could not find 1100 Wilson and ignored my clear directions.

He then refused to use the mileage method required of interstate drives, asking for a flat $20. Only at $10 did I agree.

On my way to a second meeting at Dupont Circle, I asked the driver to change destinations from the Circle itself to 19th and Connecticut, in the middle of the ride.

This taxi driver demanded that I pay double, as if for two trips. When I quoted the taxi rules to him, that its not additional unless we actually arrive at the first stop and I make him wait, he got all pissy. Rather than argue more with him, I got out.

Now tell me. Would I have either of those fare arguements if DC taxis had meters?

4 Comments so far

  1. Brian (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 3:06 pm

    “Would I have either of those fare arguements if DC taxis had meters?”

    Probably not, I’m all for meters if it leads to more taxicab reform. Most nights I’m just happy when a cab stops and I don’t have to worry that I look “dangerous” or that I don’t have a pale-skinned friend with me to hail one.

    (Personally I still enjoy knowing how much it will cost me when I get in the cab, however I’ll sacrifice that if it can improve things across the board)

  2. MBFan#2 (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 3:44 pm

    What would happen if I decide to start a cab service in DC? Would I have to abide by the zoning system? I think I would do really well because I would have meters in my cab.

    I agree with you Wayan, I hate cabbies when I’m driving and I hate cabbies when I have to use them – it wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep asking you to bend over, which they get away with it because there are many people who are not familiar with the rules. I wouldn’t be surprise if half the drivers knew the rules themselves.

    Isn’t there some way to boycott without starting a cabbie war?

  3. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 6:12 pm

    No meters on DC cabs? I never knew that. I haven’t taken a cab in this part of the country yet. The zone system is pretty messed up, though. I have seen it before.

    I prefer the method you use in Thailand. You argue and haggle for a price before the vehicle gets moving and then the guy tries to talk you up because you are a tourist and you yell at him in his own language and pay what you agreed on. Hopefully nobody gets stabbed in the process.

  4. webjedi (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 10:43 pm

    I woudl prefer … also… if the DC Taxi Cab Comission (or whatever it’s called here) would take London’s lead and require “The Knowledge” for all taxi drivers. Not only would you get to the right place, but also do it with courtesy. I heard and saw that they are also bringing over UK cabs to the US… they are a lot roomier as well. What can’t we take a hint and demand better service?!

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