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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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bundah 8:55 am 03 May 13

IrishPete said :

c_c™ said :

“The overall crash rate for taxis is more than ten times that of fleet and non-fleet cars. The rates for injury and towaway crashes are about ten times higher for taxis than fleet and non-fleet cars. However, the lower average severity of taxi crashes means that the fatal crash rate for taxis is only five times that for fleet and non-fleetcars.”

Source: Characteristics of Taxi Crashes in New South Wales
MA Symmons & NL Haworth
Monash University

Is that crash rate per km driven? It would need to be, to be valid. They do rack up a lot of miles.

IP

That is a valid point however it does obviously depend on the driver eg in 19 years of driving cabs the only prang i was involved in was rear ending one car at low speed(approx 10km/h) and that’s amassing 2 million kms.

IrishPete 9:51 pm 02 May 13

c_c™ said :

“The overall crash rate for taxis is more than ten times that of fleet and non-fleet cars. The rates for injury and towaway crashes are about ten times higher for taxis than fleet and non-fleet cars. However, the lower average severity of taxi crashes means that the fatal crash rate for taxis is only five times that for fleet and non-fleetcars.”

Source: Characteristics of Taxi Crashes in New South Wales
MA Symmons & NL Haworth
Monash University

Is that crash rate per km driven? It would need to be, to be valid. They do rack up a lot of miles.

IP

bundah 7:24 pm 02 May 13

trix said :

Funny you should say that, @bundah. The only times I’ve gotten into cabs to put up with the heavy smell of smoke coming off someone and objectionable talkback radio up loud and some bloke blathering on to me 90 at the dozen (when I’m obviously not interested in chatting about the footie or whatever), it’s been with people who appear to be 100% “skippy”.

The only trouble I have with recent immigrant drivers is when they don’t know where they’re going, but I’ve had the same trouble with “skippies” about as frequently. I blame training for that one.

Well i did raise the bar to dizzying heights and i was comparing the standard of drivers that i witnessed from the ’80s/’90s to recent times.

c_c™ 7:15 pm 02 May 13

“The overall crash rate for taxis is more than ten times that of fleet and non-fleet cars. The rates for injury and towaway crashes are about ten times higher for taxis than fleet and non-fleet cars. However, the lower average severity of taxi crashes means that the fatal crash rate for taxis is only five times that for fleet and non-fleetcars.”

Source: Characteristics of Taxi Crashes in New South Wales
MA Symmons & NL Haworth
Monash University

trix 7:00 pm 02 May 13

Funny you should say that, @bundah. The only times I’ve gotten into cabs to put up with the heavy smell of smoke coming off someone and objectionable talkback radio up loud and some bloke blathering on to me 90 at the dozen (when I’m obviously not interested in chatting about the footie or whatever), it’s been with people who appear to be 100% “skippy”.

The only trouble I have with recent immigrant drivers is when they don’t know where they’re going, but I’ve had the same trouble with “skippies” about as frequently. I blame training for that one.

IrishPete 8:04 pm 03 Apr 13

thatsnotme said :

dph said :

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.

I did. It doesn’t contradict what I’ve said at all – it supports it. But don’t take my word for it – if you still don’t agree, complain to the Oxford English Dictionary – http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/professional

So were assuming the pizza delivery guy/gal has another source of income? And that the taxi driver isn’t also a student? So many assumptions…

IP

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