Dangerous taxi drivers

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Post by batgirl_cdn » Sun, 12 Oct 2008 8:20 am

I think most of us can judge what erratic driving is. We aren't merely talking about incorrect signaling. Falling asleep, speeding, changing lanes dangerously, tailgating etc. are all examples of some bad driving that many of us have seen. There are lots of jobs in this world that may not be that great. People who clean bathrooms all day must not enjoy it, but does that mean they should do their job poorly? They have chosen to take a job and they receive payment for the job. A raise in pay doesn't instantly turn people into better workers and more service-oriented workers.

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Post by elska76 » Sun, 12 Oct 2008 10:53 am

My friend and i did that once, that is to tell the driver to slow down (he was driving a hyundai sonata taxi), he looked at us, smiled at our terrified faces and said "let the professional do the driving"

I was thinking to myself "Wat professionalism are they talking about?? Did they go through defence driving classes or are they carrying a racing licence maybe?"

Because all the while i assume that taxi drivers need only a class 3 licence and a taxi licence (that is a test that they took with the taxi company)

Am i wrong?
srman wrote:Do not tolerate it, I simply tell them to slow down (note dont ask tell)....you may get the standard reply that i am a safe driver (yeah right!!).

I even tell them to stop the incessant lane cutting and jumping, or tailgating. They dont like it but heck its my life..
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Post by EADG » Sun, 12 Oct 2008 11:06 am

although I would not want to condone the use of "Wat" by replying....

if some driver ever said that to me, after I got over the initial amusement, I'd make him regret it, and PDQ

it's very simple, you tell them how you will be reporting them to their company, and, take a picture of them driving and the dashboard, you will get results

elska76 wrote:My friend and i did that once, that is to tell the driver to slow down (he was driving a hyundai sonata taxi), he looked at us, smiled at our terrified faces and said "let the professional do the driving"

I was thinking to myself "Wat professionalism are they talking about??
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Post by earthfriendly » Tue, 14 Oct 2008 12:13 am

batgirl_cdn wrote:I think most of us can judge what erratic driving is. We aren't merely talking about incorrect signaling. Falling asleep, speeding, changing lanes dangerously, tailgating etc. are all examples of some bad driving that many of us have seen. There are lots of jobs in this world that may not be that great. People who clean bathrooms all day must not enjoy it, but does that mean they should do their job poorly? They have chosen to take a job and they receive payment for the job. A raise in pay doesn't instantly turn people into better workers and more service-oriented workers.
Agree. And cab drivers need to understand aggresive driving does not necessarily equate more billable mileage. It makes it more stressful for other road users. Higher pay may not always result in higher performance. When we pay them better, we are in a better position to demand better service. And company can in turn invest in better training. And happy workers tend to do a better job.

When they are in crunch trying to optimise every mile, they may not be the most rational drivers on the road. And the overall driving culture of SG has an effect on their driving style.

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Post by snowqueen » Sat, 18 Oct 2008 3:15 pm

I got into a taxi a couple of weeks ago and instantly smelt alcohol. I then spotted a can of Carling Black Label (gold can so it will be the extra strong stuff) wedged between his seat and the gear lever.

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Post by inselaffen » Sun, 19 Oct 2008 10:22 am

had a taxi driver yesterday who didn't even know how to get to club street! 1st bad experience I've had so far

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Post by ozzmum » Sun, 19 Oct 2008 11:05 pm

We are lucky we have a car here so no need for taxi's but they are VERY bad drivers I have witnessed 2 seperate accidents both times a taxi ran up the butt of another taxi..and believe me the locals are just as bad! No indicators, not staying in their lanes, putting the hazards on and stoppng anywhere, braking on the freeways for no reason,pulling out in front of you....ggrrrr I could be here all day. By the way advice if you are thinking of getting a drivers license here (which you have to after 12 months anyway) a tip for the test......think like a local!

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Post by Left Wing » Sat, 25 Oct 2008 12:44 am

inselaffen wrote:had a taxi driver yesterday who didn't even know how to get to club street! 1st bad experience I've had so far
my cabbie did not know Conrad Hotel ??? :mad: :mad:

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 25 Oct 2008 7:02 am

That's okay, mine didn't know where the the Fairmont was and Raffles City is a major landmark! :roll:
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