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That's real bad conduct on behalf of the driver. From the toilet to the Anzac Bridge. A huge fiasco. But in all honesty, can anybody really take any course course of action to impose some sort of penalty? I highly doubt it.

In your opinion Adrian, what are some of the things that need to be incorporated in this industry to improve conditions and pay for drivers and also service to the customers?

We all have opinions but which ones are the most practical, reliable, and realistic?

This story omits the fact that the driver was a Silver Service cabbie, not much experience but far too much attitude.
Please apologize to your friend, Adrian, I am sorry she had to go through so much trouble giving a driver a $50,-- job. And then considering the conduct of some drivers in public toilets, I hope she has a ton of Dettol to take care of the damage.

Nam, such behaviour is not really actionable but simply lousy etiquette. And thanks, your query re industry improvements tempts me to compile a list, something I may attempt in the near future.
Rainer, don't think this character was an SS driver. Will check tonight and convey your sentiment.
UPDATE: Driver regular white cab.


I have hailed cabs on Oxford Street that cannot stop in time because the driver is going flatchat,to where i wonder?
I was standing on the corner of Oxford and Crown the other day on the Bondi Junction way only to watch cabs follow each other vacant and turn left onto Oxford Street to go towards the City,I thought to myself if only one of them would turn right then they would get a fare,but lo and behold i watched in the distance as 4 vacant cabs followed each other,going the other way,all dills.

The next time i waited on the corner of Liverpool and Elizabeth trying to hail a vacant cab as they flew flatchat around the corner,stopping and trying to reverse to me as i stuck my finger up to them.
For gods sake,Slow Down if your vacant !!!

I was a night-time cabbie in Sydney until the pay and conditions made me give it up 3 years ago. What the industry needs are more people like you and Rainer and other like-minded cabbies who like the job, are professional and provide a decent service to the public. I, too, endeavoured to aspire to these standards but when your income is so poor that you fail to break even on your costs and there are no pension rights or holiday pay or, even worse, you are offered a cab by an operator for a shift which is inherently unsafe, it is no wonder that good drivers leave the business. So, Adrian, give us some thoughts on how the industry could be improved for the people employed in it and using it, and, maybe, there are others out there who might have some ideas of their own.

Badboy, just quickly, it's all about positioning and retaining the lead for kerbside hails. First cab wins the hail thence the adjacent cab slots into the kerb lane to become the new leader.

But you're right about them heading in the one direction, usually because that's where the majority of work is. Smarter drivers will choose to go against the flow and work the margins, thereby finding passengers like yourself.

Dave, see today's post.

I'm sorry to hear Elvis didn't make it, after all that. :(

Don't give our secrets away, the mob is welcome to race together in the one direction. You also failed to address the "speed" thing to Billy. They all drive like idiots as they try to overtake one another in order to get to the "kerb position". A lot of them think that is being competitive. I prefer smart.

I really have to de-lurk and comment about this.
I use taxis most of the time and if I have to take my cat to the vet I ask for a cat friendly driver. The last driver for the 'last trip' for one cat was marvellous and couldn't have been kinder. He drove carefully and helped me with the cat basket at the Vet's even though I have a Taxi Directorate half price card so not a full fare but I was happy to tip him.
I guess the lesson is to ask for an animal friendly driver.

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