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Smelly Taxi Drivers in Canberra

By ainsliebraddon 27 April 2011 26

I have caught a lot of taxis in Canberra over the years, but in the last month almost every time I have got into a taxi I have been met with an overwhelmingly powerful stench of body odour emanating from the driver.

The drivers seem oblivious to this, even though I have had to wind the window down in freezing conditions just so that I can breathe.

Is it just me or has anyone else had this problem?

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PrestigeDialaDriver 12:19 pm 22 Jan 14

Prestige Corporate Dial A Driver are ‘Proud’ to announce, that we DO have showers (2 per day actually), and ALL smell like roses…Well, not actually roses, but nice odors like ‘Red Door’, ‘Rapport’, ‘d’Armani’, ‘CK’, etc. Part of our policy of which ALL Drivers adhere by, is Corporate dress, professional appearance and character – that includes ‘smell’. No Drivers have tattoos or piercings visible, and ALL drivers carry Working with Vulnerable People licences; have pre employment health checks; pre employment drug checks (which is randomly ongoing); and have provided employer with minimum 5 year driver history report, with full point licences. Try us….I’m sure you won’t have any complaints whatsoever. We Drive you home, in your ‘OWN’ car.

PBO 3:34 pm 21 Jun 11

I knew a girl in the late 90’s who was so smashed on eccies that she shat herself in the back of a cab, she got away with it because she was wearing a miniskirt. She then left her damaged goods on the floor behind the cabbies seat and it was a quick dash to the toilets when she got in the club. She was a hilariously, dirty woman who found farts funny, that should say it all.

I suppose that it wasnt the tip the cabbie was after.

staleywise 1:33 pm 21 Jun 11

ConanOfCooma said :

“freezing conditions”?

Are you serious? It’s not even winter, we haven’t had a sub 0 night yet (have we even had 0?), and you are whining about “freezing”? That makes you a whingebag.

How about you sit in a car for a days work, and see how you smell! Sure, some of these drivers could be more considerate, but if that was the case, I would hope it would apply to obeying the road rules over personal odour removal.

Don’t be ridiculous ConanOfCooma. If you have a daily shower and change into clean clothes each day you would not stink just because you’ve been driving all day in a taxi. From a taxi driver I expect both knowledge and obeying of the road rules PLUS personal hygiene. The two are not mutually exclusive.

My brother worked as a taxi driver for 29 years and he was always clean and pleasant to be near. It’s not a job that works up a sweat, so changing the subject to the weather doesn’t fool me, go and have a shower and change your dirty duds.

CamillaG 11:59 am 20 Jun 11

Perhaps taxi companies should include some deodorant and discount dry cleaning coupons as part of their training packs…
Several taxi drivers work ridiculous hours and study at the same time. They probably feel that they do not have the time to wash themselves/their clothes. Unless there is a penalty in place, the behavior will not change.
As for them having to deal with foul smelling passengers, well I have to deal with foul smelling patients. What if your doctor used the same argument as an excuse for being seriously smelly?!!
Reasoning fail.

matt31221 10:33 am 20 Jun 11

Devil_n_Disquiz said :

I will admit that I was a little smelly in my cab one night.

I picked up these clowns from the Hyatt and they wanted to go to QBN.

Long story short. The guy behind me power chucked…not just once either. It hit me in the back of the head and I could feel his dinner, still warm, trickling down my back, matting my hair to my head. He also got it all through the power window buttons on my door.
He then scrambled to wind his window down and spewed on the window whilst in the process of winding it down thus dragging vomit and cabbage down inside the door.
Taking into account that all this happened in a split second, the car was still moving. He spewed again out the window but the draft sucked it all back inside, all over everyone in the car and all over the inside of the back window.

dot3. Pls come and kick my arse. Do you want a number you can contact me on to arrange this ?

If I was ever a taxi driver, and that happenned to me – I would eject the passengers, quit and get another job. That is truly HORRIFYING! I now understand why the ‘defoulment’ charge seems high but from reading that it could be much higher. Obviously Taxi driving isn’t as a cushy job as I thought..

staleywise 1:37 am 20 Jun 11

Don’t be ridiculous ConanOfCooma. If you have a daily shower and change into clean clothes each day you would not stink just because you’ve been driving all day in a taxi. From a taxi driver I expect both knowledge and obeying of the road rules PLUS personal hygiene. The two are not mutually exclusive.

My brother worked as a taxi driver for 29 years and he was always clean and pleasant to be near. It’s not a job that works up a sweat, so changing the subject to the weather doesn’t fool me, go and have a shower and change your dirty duds.

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