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Safely in the care of a professional driver

By johnboy - 2 April 2013 26

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Laura has sent this in for our consideration:

I unfortunately catch cabs occasionally and this was taken from my ride last Monday. We were on Yamba drive near TCH at the time of this photo being taken. Note that the driver didn’t even notice me reach for my phone and take the photo!!

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Safely in the care of a professional driver
IrishPete 5:01 am 03 Apr 13

thatsnotme said :

IrishPete said :

I’m pleasantly surprised when a taxi driver obeys the road rules. Professional drivers? How so? That they’re being paid for it makes them no different from the teenager delivering your pizza. Is there any extra training they do to become a taxi driver? It’s not like London and “The Knowledge”, and while they may know their way around London, they’re also crap, racist and rip-off merchants, in my humblest opinion. Mind you, I haven’t been there in 10 years, so I may also be out of date, but I did live there for 8.

IP

That they’re being paid for it is exactly what makes them a professional. The teenager delivering your pizza isn’t being paid to drive you home – they’re being paid to pass you a pizza through your front door, which I’d say is quite a bit different.

Extra training doesn’t come into it – the fact they’re being paid to drive makes them, by definition, a professional driver.

Nope, you’ve lost me. The taxi driver is being paid to deliver you to a destination, and the pizza car driver is being paid to deliver a pizza to you. How is that different? Both are being paid to drive. Both might even be wearing a uniform.

Paying someone to do a task and expecting them to automatically do it better than if they were doing it in their own time, is asking to be disappointed.

IP

gooterz 12:42 am 03 Apr 13

The last guy that complained about a cab got run over.

dph 12:10 am 03 Apr 13

thatsnotme said :

That they’re being paid for it is exactly what makes them a professional. The teenager delivering your pizza isn’t being paid to drive you home – they’re being paid to pass you a pizza through your front door, which I’d say is quite a bit different.

Extra training doesn’t come into it – the fact they’re being paid to drive makes them, by definition, a professional driver.

Perhaps you should look up the definition of professional because it basically contradicts exactly what you’ve stated.

By definition a professional driver would be someone who’s had extensive training in that field i.e. a race car driver.

thatsnotme 10:51 pm 02 Apr 13

IrishPete said :

I’m pleasantly surprised when a taxi driver obeys the road rules. Professional drivers? How so? That they’re being paid for it makes them no different from the teenager delivering your pizza. Is there any extra training they do to become a taxi driver? It’s not like London and “The Knowledge”, and while they may know their way around London, they’re also crap, racist and rip-off merchants, in my humblest opinion. Mind you, I haven’t been there in 10 years, so I may also be out of date, but I did live there for 8.

IP

That they’re being paid for it is exactly what makes them a professional. The teenager delivering your pizza isn’t being paid to drive you home – they’re being paid to pass you a pizza through your front door, which I’d say is quite a bit different.

Extra training doesn’t come into it – the fact they’re being paid to drive makes them, by definition, a professional driver.

IrishPete 9:07 pm 02 Apr 13

I’m pleasantly surprised when a taxi driver obeys the road rules. Professional drivers? How so? That they’re being paid for it makes them no different from the teenager delivering your pizza. Is there any extra training they do to become a taxi driver? It’s not like London and “The Knowledge”, and while they may know their way around London, they’re also crap, racist and rip-off merchants, in my humblest opinion. Mind you, I haven’t been there in 10 years, so I may also be out of date, but I did live there for 8.

IP

Doc Dogg 8:23 pm 02 Apr 13

I’ve never had one texting while driving, but I’m constantly telling them to slow down. Almost all comply but I had one tell me it was OK to do 100km/h in the 60 zones because it was 5am and there would be no police. He soon slowed down when I told him that I wanted him to pull over and call me another taxi.

I’ve had a couple of good ones lately who drove sensibly, weren’t overly chatty and one even put on some nice soothing music when I had just got off a long flight and said I was tired 🙂

Spykler 7:34 pm 02 Apr 13

Not the first, won’t be the last…

curlylocks 5:53 pm 02 Apr 13

I too would send the pic onto the cab company along with his number (or taxi number) At least he has his seatbelt on.

carnardly 4:40 pm 02 Apr 13

it wouldn’t be hard for the taxi company to track down who it was to pick you up. that’s definitely worth a tap on the shoulder. the next time he does it he could kill some poor innocent suck through inattention….

gungsuperstar 3:59 pm 02 Apr 13

I had a cabbie last week that wasn’t even the guy in the photo on the dash – but… well, he was a nice guy, so I didn’t say anything!

I speak up if they’re texting or answering their phone – not even for the safety issue, but because it’s rude.

Jim Jones 3:53 pm 02 Apr 13

I caught a very late night cab home once and the cab driver was reaaaally drunk and incredibly aggro because his wife had just left him.

I was too stoned and freaked out to do anything more than hang on to the door handle and prey not to crash.

Solidarity 3:44 pm 02 Apr 13

Meh.

Madam Cholet 3:34 pm 02 Apr 13

I always speak up in a cab if the driver is doing things like answering his phone or texting. I remind them taht it is illegal and that they can wait until I am safely home to answer their phone.

I once asked a driver to slow down driving through really thick fog and the normal speed limit of 100k’s. I couldn’t see anything in front of the car so no idea why he thought it was ok to drive as if the conditions were fine.

ajd 2:45 pm 02 Apr 13

Next time this happens, get the number from the driver’s Public Vehicle Driver Authority and send the details of the incident to the ORS (taxiservices@act.gov.au),

ScienceRules 2:36 pm 02 Apr 13

Oh dear, not good at all. I think this might be one of those occasions when speaking up and demanding professional behaviour might be totally appropriate.

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