World’s best taxi ser­vice

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TRAVEL -

THE iconic Lon­don black cab has been voted the world’s favourite taxi for the sixth year in a row, for ev­ery­thing from clean­li­ness, knowl­edge of the city and qual­ity of driv­ing. Lon­don taxis beat out the equally iconic yel­low cabs in New York, in Ho­tels. com’s global taxi sur­vey, tak­ing 22% of the vote.

Bri­tish taxi driv­ers swept five of the seven cat­e­gories, tak­ing the top spot for clean­li­ness, qual­ity of driv­ing, friend­li­ness, safety and knowl­edge of the city.

In or­der to be­come li­censed as a cab driver in Lon­don, driv­ers must pass a train­ing course that’s been de­scribed as the most de­mand­ing in the world, as they must know 320 routes within a 10km (six-mile) ra­dius of Char­ing Cross. For the more than 2,680 re­spon­dents across 30 coun­tries, safety is the most im­por­tant el­e­ment when climb­ing into a cab, fol­lowed by value, knowl­edge of the area, avail­abil­ity and qual­ity of driv­ing.

Mean­while, cities around the world are in­creas­ingly tap­ping into the vast street knowl­edge of their cab­bies, train­ing driv­ers to pull dou­ble duty and play tour guide.

Dubai is the lat­est city to train its fleet of driv­ers, teach­ing them about key land­marks, ho­tels, events and at­trac­tions in the city. Tokyo, Lon­don and Ed­in­burgh also have put sim­i­lar pro­grammes in place.

Here’s the rank­ing for the world’s best taxis: Lon­don (22% of votes); New York (10%); Tokyo (9%); Ber­lin (5%); Am­s­ter­dam, Madrid and Mex­ico City (4% each). – AFP Re­laxnews

Lon­don’s black cabs are clean, and the cab­bies are good driv­ers with sound knowl­edge of the city. – aFP

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