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Old 21.03.2012, 10:29
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Re: Taxis ( standardisation of them in CH )

I'm not sure how things work up north but down here I'm pretty sure there are not fleets of vehicles ( as stated above ) but rather individual drivers with their own cars.. pop a taxi light on the roof and they are done ( and then they work, I suppose, contract to , a phone dispatch co. )
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Re: Taxis ( standardisation of them in CH )

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This is not a rant about prices or service but rather something I've noticed the other day. Why aren't taxi fleets standardized in Switzerland? As in, the same car/color etc. I was in Munich the other day and all cabs were yellow and most of them were a Mecerdes E class (either a wagon or the sedan).....here in Switzerland it seems, that there is ample liberty to what a taxi can be. I've seen anything ranging from a Mercedes S600 to an old beat up Toyota to a dinky little Chevy/Daewoo box on wheels. Does anybody know?

All taxis must be fitted with a special medical box designed for Heart Attacks... must be auto activated at the end of the ride when it comes the time to pay
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I'm not sure how things work up north but down here I'm pretty sure there are not fleets of vehicles ( as stated above ) but rather individual drivers with their own cars.. pop a taxi light on the roof and they are done ( and then they work, I suppose, contract to , a phone dispatch co. )
Actually there's two types - employed by the taxi company (yellow taxi roof light) and independent (blue taxi roof light)
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Re: Taxis ( standardisation of them in CH )

Regardless of prices, there are a number of things about Basel taxis that drive me nuts (no pun intended)...

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  1. Tiny Taxis at Top Prices. I just don't get it, these vehicles can hardly be used as personal vehicles when the taxi driver is off duty - plastered as they are with multicolour vinyls and logos such as "Mini Cab" etc. They are small, uncomfortable, take minimal luggage and are no different, in my experience, to the price of a "proper" (i.e. full size) Taxi. So why squeeze people into a Korean microbox and charge full whack? (I refuse to use them, I just point to my luggage and say I need a big taxi, sorry).
  2. Sitting Up Front. Why do many taxi drivers expect me to sit up front with them? The driver is there to chauffeur me from A to B, we are not buddies going for a drive and a chat. The only time I think it's justified to have someone ride in front with the driver is when you are trying to get 3 or more people into one cab (in many US cities that's 3 or more in the back seat - no sitting beside the driver in these places...)
  3. Bad Music. Another thing that drives me up the wall, having to listen to the driver's taste in music for the duration of the ride. Rarely is it anything that I would listen to willingly, often being contemporary chart stuff or (on one gratingly memorable ride) schlägermusic. This is particularly irritating when leaving early in the morning to get a 07:00 flight. I would prefer if they asked me "music or no music" and if yes, what type.
  4. Smoking Taxis. There are a few taxis around where the driver smokes and all the air freshener and open windows do nothing to dispel the heady aroma of stale ashtray... Abominable.
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Having said that, >95% of the taxis I have used have been clean and relatively new; nearly every Taxi driver I've had has been courteous and, unlike in many places, they will also help load and unload your luggage.


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Re: Taxis ( standardisation of them in CH )

In Switzerland,anyone who pass BPT (beruf personal transport) can be a taxi driver whit his own car,no matter how old this car is, or is that honda,mercedes audi,etc...but he cant drive taxi around the city center of Zürich.
You can take a gest from Effretikon for example and drive him to a center of city, but If you didnt pass a city test, you can stand at bahnof ,or in front off some hotels,Parada platz,etc.....

If you wanna drive from-to Flughafen,you have to past another test....
I know that,because I am just getting ready for taking those exams,since Im steel unemployed,have to do something,and I have a lot off friends who are a taxi and limo drivers,they just helping me to pass all those exams... I have Ford and I will drive taxi with this car...

You can do a taxi service with your own car,that is why all cars are different... But for limo service you must have a car at list in class of Mercedes E,or Audi A6...

I hope you got the answer to the question,and in the future if you need a cheap cab or limo just let me know...
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