Taxi in New York Style
Speaking generally about taxi in
It may have been about the color or, may be, stars aligned that way, but Hertz has in fact become rich and his lead was followed by many entrepreneurs and taxi drivers therefore as soon as in 1930s – 1940s cars of other colors looked like black sheep. City authorities paid attention to the fact and in 1967 they issued an order: all carriers who operate in the city centre were to paint their cars yellow because
Million Dollar Taxi
Yellow isn’t just for brightness and order but also for an exclusive right to transport carry people and pick up those hitching a ride at a curb of
These days it takes a throw of about a million dollars to make it into the list of chosen ones and become an owner of a medallion, that one can use not only personally but also lend or resell. Such an investments in the United States is considered alongside putting money into securities because licenses get more and more expensive each day – the city doesn’t issue them anymore due to the fact that there are enough taxis already which means that the business is beneficial. Remarkably, 30-40 years ago those medallions cost merely 200-500 dollars and people who had invested money in them thinking “for a rainy day, should something happen – I’ll go to be a taxi driver”, became millionaires unexpectedly.
This is exactly why 85% of cab drivers are hired employees who dream of saving enough for an own medallion. But even in order to simply drive one would have to put in quite some efforts: a driver has to go through two serious exams – in knowing the city and in English. To give a bribe or avoid them in any way is simply impossible because both municipality and employers (license holders) strictly check and control their employees. Best of them stay with their positions for decades and enjoy esteem and respect.
On the inside
Though all vehicles are of the same color, but models differ. Authorities of
As to drivers, only 5% of them are Americans. Vast majority are foreigners, among them there are mainly are Pakistani, Mexicans, Hindu and Chinese. Curiously, in 1990s there was strangle of former
Averagely over an 8-hour shift a car earns 400-600 dollars plus high tips for its driver because not to leave over 20-25% of the amount means to expose yourself as a cheapskate. Taking into account the fact that most often a car is in operation round-the-clock, owners of medallions earn big money from this business and pay their employees well. At that clients are content, too – nobody screws with them, rates are fixed and kilometers/money ratio is reflected on a screen inside a car in real-time mode so drivers simply have no chance to charge an arm and a leg. By the way, one can pay both cash and with a card – all cabs are equipped with terminals.
Over the last years alternative services like Uber or Boro Taxi began emerging, they have a right to pick up passengers from streets in suburbs. But no matter how many of those emerge, yellow cars will remain the symbol of the city – the ones that meet you at the airport and don’t leave sight even for a second. They are an integral part of the most chaotic but, as many people think, also the most beautiful metropolis on Earth.
- To fight fake medallions police paint own cars yellow, put on checkers and crisscross the city looking for illegals.
- Each cab in
- It happens that a driver smokes while carrying passengers. Americans know that this is not allowed so, should a driver fume, one can get to a destination point and leave without paying.
-All in all there are about 50 thousand drivers in the city, approximately 3 per 1 medallion.
- In one year yellow cabs carry at least 250 million people.
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