IAmA Taxi driver in the U.S. If you would like to ask any questions about the industry/my experiences or our view on Uber, please do.
Jun 22nd 2014 by Taxi_Time • 34 Questions • 549 Points
As requested by the Mods a "short bio"
I'm white, in my 20's, 4'5", like Taco Bell at 2am and my experience is cab driving.
and I shot my dad with a crossbow
As for Uber this I believe is my best explanation so far. http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/28tllv/iama_taxi_driver_in_the_us_if_you_would_like_to/ciek1xe
In my experience, cabbies really prefer to deal in cash rather than cards, sometime being downright irrate if you attempt to pay with a card, despite credit machines being installed in every cab (At least in my city). Is there a reason for this stigma? Do you lose a percentage when they pay by card?
The driver is charged a percentage of the credit card transaction. 5%-25%
Personally I don't care if you pay in cash or card. In my state most cab drivers are independent contractors and rent the vehicle (a lease for the day) and the equipment. These cab businesses would also slap on a fee for providing the credit card reader and transaction.
I recall from talking to drivers from competing companies the fee was 5-25% of the fare (the company I work for was in the mid range). So if you took a cab from point A to point B(FE) and your fare was $100, you paid with credit card then the cab company would charge the driver a credit card percentage fee to their account. So at the end of their 12 hour shift when they drop off the car, they have to pay the Lease, fill up the tank, and those credit card fees. Then they get to keep what was left.
Most cab companies are dropping that credit card fee because the driver will use this product which runs at a competitive rate, but adding fees elsewhere.
From all that you could see why they would prefer you pay cash.
I think it has to do with the availability of pay phones in the area
Wait. I think people haven't realized you shot your dad with a fucking crossbow. How'd you shoot your dad with a crossbow?! Why?
Say whore one more time.
Your bio says 4'5"... does being that short making driving all day a challenge?
Do Lannisters love incest?
Do you know any drivers who have hit someone, and what happened?
I"ve almost been hit twice (once while crossing the street completely legally, another while I'm walking down the sidewalk). I'm told that pedestrian hit and runs in my city are scarily common, and nothing happens to the drivers.
I saw a cabbie (from a competing company hit a pedestrian) Drunk dude thought he was gonna J-walk. Never saw him get back up :(
Uber doesn't have any vehicles tho; they are all contracted drivers. When they drive w/ Uber, Uber insures them. Why should Uber be responsible for a contractor when they aren't driving for them?
Uber insures them only when a passenger is in the vehicle.
Do you know anyone who uses the Uber taxi function or this is not allowed by your company/area? I use this regularly because I'd prefer a regular cab and the uber app is a lot more efficient than calling.
Driver for local companies will register their personal vehicles with uber and while driving a shift for the taxi company they will take uber calls as well.
Double dip. Make more money that way. It's a big no no from what I hear but it happens
I wish I had a cool answer but I don't.
Usually other cabbies. I have two other cabbies that I keep in touch with constantly when I'm working shift. We share info like: stripper boxing at Club X needs cabbies or Medical convention this week hit the high end hotels.
I picked up a couple who seemed to have just met at a club.
They were all over each other. Out of the corner of my eye I saw what appeared to be the lady's dickskinners wrapped around this guys jimmy. In my mind I'm panicking, if that gun goes off it could shoot me in the back of the head.
Wait! I know this road. The Marriott is a quarter mile away. I can make it. Pedal meets medal. I pull in, tell them to pay and get the fuck out. Throw some hateful words their direction and also threats about calling the cops etc etc.
It's probably not the worse but it's what came to mind first.
Whats the most what the fuck moment you've had in your taxi?
Guys going out for the night. Ditched their friend. Heading to the destination and were discussing about how to approach said friend and inform his SO is legitimately "mildly retarded"
They were telling me about the "signs" they saw and the entire ride I was thinking "how did this guy not know?"
Question 1: Why do cabbies always take the most rounadabout route possible, and why are they unable to follow simple instructions like "go straight" and "turn left at ..."
Question 2: What will you do for a living when taxi drivers are replaced with self driving cars?
I drive at night and when people get mad for me not taking their directions I have to explain to their drunk ass "No I can't turn left at a red light."
I'm in college racking up student loans so... Indentured Slavery?
How much would you charge to let me fool around with someone while you took us to our destination? Has that ever happened?
No it hasn't happened sorry man. But if someone approached me for an offer like that I would more than happily give them a sex-free ride to an affordable hotel.
Step 1 Learn quick, and recognize a situation before it occurs.
The couple approaching mycab while arguing. Sorry I'm on my lunch break.
Dude so intoxicated he can't enter the vehicle himself and is having 5 people try to toss him into the cab and ditch him. No. He's not going in my cab by his lonesome. I'm a cab driver not a baby sitter.
The worse though? Domestic violence. People are just horrible. I try not to get myself involved but you have to remind yourself that as a cabbie you're probably their only exit.
Who the hell are you talking to on your phone? Seriously, why are cities banning uber (Austin here), even though they just plain don't have decent cab service?
Because politicians would rather allow exemptions than to restructure the way the industry is regulated. It's all fucked
I think I answered this one
Have you thought about getting your EMT license? I do basically the same thing as you (especially dialisis) but I get paid a fixed rate even if I don't get calls, and its super easy.
I work transport, not 911. Doing it to pay for college as well.
I'm in college. Also I'm an independent contractor and my company allows me to work whatever schedule I like. Only requires to come in at least once everyday 30 days