To all Canberrans reading, the fact that there is a post on the RiotACT about taxis shouldn’t come as a surprise.
My complaint, however, is not quite the norm. This morning I took a taxi in which:
the driver did not display ID (and when asked, said that it was not required in ACT – bulls–t!);
the driver answered a call and talked on his mobile phone without handsfree (having a “speaker” function is NOT the same – you still hold the phone up with one hand);
the seats were faulty (pitched forward and not at all stable); and finally
the seatbelts didn’t work (the one in the back right did not work at all).
I have tried complaining to the relevant taxi company, but so far have got nowhere.
Therefore, I turn to the forum to alert all who may end up in a taxi to check that the driver has ID displayed and pull him up if he drives recklessly or illegally – i.e. by talking on the phone, holding the device in one hand while cutting someone off taking a round-a-bout at speed (as happened this morning).
*NB. I have not mentioned which taxi company this driver purported to represent in order to give the company a chance to respond. If they fail to respond adequately, I will by all means name them. In the meantime, please do not speculate as to the company or ask me to reveal its name.