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Limestone Taxi Crash

By Poltergeese 12 August 2011 30

I witnessed a crash last night between a taxi and a red sedan on Limestone Ave at around 9.30.

Great to know that the cabs aren’t only ripping us off but are risking our lives as well.

That many times I’ve been rorted by those swindling b#stards and many more times I’ve thought to myself I’m bound to be in a crash and I bet they’d still charge me for it.

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Skyring 8:56 am 17 Aug 11

screaming banshee said :

screaming banshee said :

Seeing as we have a few cabbies on here having a say, what do you guys think of the system they run in NZ?

Bump…serious question.

Um, what is the system they run in NZ? I got one in Wellington in 2008 and the cabbie was complaining of gypsy cabs. Next year in Christchurch I got a really amazingly grumpy old bastard – I warmed to him immediately.

screaming banshee 8:35 pm 15 Aug 11

screaming banshee said :

Seeing as we have a few cabbies on here having a say, what do you guys think of the system they run in NZ?

Bump…serious question.

kezzafezza 5:08 pm 15 Aug 11

I caught a cab last week from the airport. The cabbie was seemingly attempting to hit warp speed every time he took off from the lights. He was tailgating something terrible, then almost rear ended someone who was turning as he was too busy looking at his booking system. He only screeched to a stop to avoid the car who my husband and I screamed at him to stop.

A couple of weeks ago I caught a cab from Civic after a night out. The driver was going, I kid you not, over 100 along Northbourne, slammed on the brakes to go through a speed/red light camera, then sped right back up again. He completely ignored us yelling at him to slow down. We ended up getting out at Yowani golf club and getting another cab. No way were we letting him drive us any further. We complained to the cab company who said there was nothing they could do.

I’ll be getting a hire car next time.

Skyring 12:53 am 15 Aug 11

Cleanskin said :

Give the cabbie a break, he was only exercising initiative and local knowledge taking a shortcut from Kambah to Waniassa because the passenger was in a hurry.

Where’s the “Like” button?

Cleanskin 3:06 pm 14 Aug 11

Give the cabbie a break, he was only exercising initiative and local knowledge taking a shortcut from Kambah to Waniassa because the passenger was in a hurry.

Skyring 12:03 pm 14 Aug 11

Stevian said :

Skyring said :

Or hearing about cabbies who overcharge their passengers, take “the long way”, refuse to help with the luggage, don’t wash or who insist on playing their own preferred Bollywood hits or Radio Al Qaeda.

Could we, just once, go five minutes without some bigot nailing their racist colours to the mast

Well, I was going to add “or Alan Jones”, but I didn’t want to offend Tuggeranong folk. Too much.

The sin, to my ears, is not the choice of music or radio station, but ignoring the preferences of the passengers. If you take a taxi ride, you are hiring the whole vehicle and that includes the sound system and the climate control. I pick up Queenslanders at the airport on a freezing night and they’ll demand I boost the heat to levels that I find uncomfortable. Or some young folk will switch to Triple JJJ and pump up the volume until the whole cab shudders.

That’s fine by me. I prefer a cab full of happy people.

Besides, if I don’t like their choice of music, I know they’ll be out of the cab in a few minutes and I can return to Asleep at the Wheel belting out Big Ball’s in Cowtown.

Ben_Dover 11:08 am 14 Aug 11

Stevian said :

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Could we, just once, go five minutes without some bigot nailing their racist colours to the mast

Could we go for just five minutes without some apologist pretending that these things do not exist?

Stevian 10:58 am 14 Aug 11

Skyring said :

Or hearing about cabbies who overcharge their passengers, take “the long way”, refuse to help with the luggage, don’t wash or who insist on playing their own preferred Bollywood hits or Radio Al Qaeda.

Could we, just once, go five minutes without some bigot nailing their racist colours to the mast

KB1971 7:30 am 14 Aug 11

scorpio63 said :

My father owned a taxi before the great influx of cabs kicked in around the A.C.T and QBN. Skyring’s reasons for driving taxis reflected my father’s reasons for owning and driving a cab and at the end of the day despite the odd negative person, most experiences were wonderful and fun.

Public servants and/or office workers who have not worked out in the real world do not know what they are talking about or have missed!

Life is not all about earning top dollars and attaining assets working on the same public service material year after year, communicating with the majority of the same people year after year, treading the same carpets in the same building year after year, feeling secure and wrapped in cotton wool not facing financial challenges or worrying about where one’s next meal is coming from or one’s own children’s meal.

By the way, for those who made the flippant remarks asking Skyring why doesnt he/she change jobs. Some people for family or personal reasons are unable to change professions or jobs, particularly if they are carers for family members or have disabilities such as audioprocessing disorders, dyslexia, comprehension and other reading and writing disabilities in addition to many learning disabilities.

For instance, I wanted to drive buses and trucks a few years ago and undertake the MR and HR courses. I have an audioprocessing problem with reversing loads and trailers as do many other people. Tying ropes and loads using a certain procedure would have cost me a great deal of money/fees because of my disability. Studying large volumes of material is a major problemo. Yet my right side of the brain works well for writing. It is the left side to perform certain tasks I have struggled with all of my life.

Some people in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s still needing to house and feed themselves do not have a Year 9, 10, 11 or 12 Certificate to become tertiary qualified. Age is stacked against those who wish to undertake an apprenticeship if in their 50’s and 60’s on many occasions. There are people who need to work in shift work based industries given some or all of the above reasons.

How safe and easy for some of you, secure in your (undoubtedly) highly paid public service careers or secure long term, well paid employment, to make uncaring and rude comments such as “why dont you work somewhere else”?

Every person faces difficulties and sometimes limited choices in their lives regarding employment.

Those who have made such arrogant comments regarding taxi incomes and careers have no idea of people and the Canberra community at large.

How dare you single out government employees? You are generalizing in exactly the same manner. You would not believe the amount of people who work for the government who have disabilities that reduces their ability to work in the private sector. They had a choice & they made it, every one has a choice to some degree, very few people have no choice.

Wily_Bear 7:28 am 14 Aug 11

Scorpio63, so many assumptions in a single response! Obviously, nobody wishes to malign those who have limited choices of career due to disability or other disadvantages. However, Skyring indicated he chose taxi driving because he can surf the net, listen to audiobooks, take breaks when he wants and go home early. Fair enough, can’t argue with those reasons, good luck to him/her. But to scorn ‘highly paid’ public servants with the assumption that they lead boring, unproductive and supremely comfortable lives is quite unfair. Public servants are Nurses, Police, sewer workers, prison workers etc etc, none of which could be described as either highly paid or comfortable.

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