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Smelly Taxi Drivers in Canberra

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

emmsy77 emmsy77 7:27 pm 19 Jun 11

Deref said :

Skyring said :

I bought an air freshener at the airport Caltex, opened it and tucked the little yellow pinetree up behind the security camera, and my next passenger was so overwhelmed by the smell of vanilla she wound the window down.

I can go along with that. Those horrible chemical scents and “deodorants” make me gag. Give me BO any day.

Give me overpowering perfume smells over BO anyday

Devil_n_Disquiz Devil_n_Disquiz 7:15 pm 19 Jun 11

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 ?

matt31221 matt31221 6:46 pm 19 Jun 11

JC said :

Considering most taxi drivers in Canberra njow days seem to have originated on the sub-continent it is not surprising, simply because BO basher doesn’t mask nor eliminate the smell of curry coming out of the pores of said humans.

I have Indian friends who don’t smell like curry or anything at all. Methinks you are a racist.

Skyring Skyring 5:35 pm 19 Jun 11

Deref said :

Those horrible chemical scents and “deodorants” make me gag. Give me BO any day.

Freshly opened, it was more vanilla than anyone would really want. Can’t blame her at all.

The oddest coincidence. I just collected a passenger who smelt absolutely foul. Just wanted to go down to the shops for some beer and cigarettes. He looked like he hadn’t washed in months. Hair matted, clothes moulded to his body shape. He got out at the grog shop and I glanced at the seat, just in case. He left a brown residue on the seat!

Eight dollars on the meter, but I didn’t wait for him to come back. I was gone.

Deref Deref 2:30 pm 19 Jun 11

Skyring said :

I bought an air freshener at the airport Caltex, opened it and tucked the little yellow pinetree up behind the security camera, and my next passenger was so overwhelmed by the smell of vanilla she wound the window down.

I can go along with that. Those horrible chemical scents and “deodorants” make me gag. Give me BO any day.

Diggety Diggety 2:07 pm 19 Jun 11

“…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…”

Have you had a shower in the last month?

FootInMouth FootInMouth 11:53 am 19 Jun 11

georgesgenitals said :

I once got into a taxi in the city and it stank so bad, I thought the driver must have s*** his pants. I said “hey, you s*** your pants”, to which he replied “no I didn’t”. Then a bit later I said “you DID s*** your pants”, to which he replied “no I didn’t”. A bit later I said “you DEFINITELY shat yourself”. He replied “I DEFINITELY did not”. So I said “pull them down and show me”. He pulled over, and dropped his strides and there was a long, streaky grogan smeared down the inside of the pants, all over his undies and all over his leg. I said “Ha – I TOLD YOU you shat yourself”, and he replied “bullcrap, it was in there when I found them”.

True story.

I almost peed my pants at this story. You are one funny dude!

Skyring Skyring 9:05 am 19 Jun 11

Many cabbies are of non-Anglo ethnicity and their diet produces a different body odour. Presumably they are distressed by the odour of people who routinely munch Maccas. Your nose gets accustomed to certain smells and you don’t notice what others find offensive. Heavy smokers don’t appreciate how much they stink, for example.

But strong body odours are definitely out for cabbies. The cab and cabbie should be clean and tidy, comfortable in every way. If a passenger finds a taxi rank, they should lodge a complaint.

(Ahem, little bit of cabbie humour there.)

Passengers can pong remarkably. You might think that after throwing up in the gents at Mooseheads, a bit of cold water and paper towel will fix you up good as new and attractive to the masses, but this is not the case.

Occasionally I’ve had to discreetly crank up the ventilation.

And sometimes the passengers do it to me. I bought an air freshener at the airport Caltex, opened it and tucked the little yellow pinetree up behind the security camera, and my next passenger was so overwhelmed by the smell of vanilla she wound the window down.

bigfeet bigfeet 6:27 am 28 Apr 11

Road Transport (Public Passenger Services) Regulation 2002

120 Dress and conduct of taxi drivers
(1) This section applies to the driver of a vehicle while it is operating as a taxi.
(2) The driver must be clean and tidy.

Maximum penalty: 5 penalty units.

scorpio63 scorpio63 1:24 am 28 Apr 11

Two of my relatives owned taxis for a few years.

A spray freshener was used after passengers exited that either did not wear deodorant thru life or were overweight and did not shower or bath regularly and chain smokers with smelly clothes.

If I were a single male cabbie, in his thirties or forties seeking love, using Paco Raban as a deodorant or body spray is definitely the way to go!!

When I inhale THAT heavenly scent on a man……….

Snarky Snarky 10:02 pm 27 Apr 11

bd84 said :

So do any taxi drivers out there have an excellent story about them having to drive a smelly passenger to a destination??

I do have one, although I’m kind of reluctant to give it up. But, since I’m out of the game now…

I had a call at change of shift to take a passenger from Watson to Belconnen. Pulled up at the house and noticed a taxi in the driveway, lights off. My passenger was the driver, who had finished his shift and had dropped the vehicle off in Watson either because the owner lived there, or the next driver was going to pick it up from that address.

He was anglo, about mid 30s, and quiet, didn’t chat much – and he was RANK- just BO, pure and simple! I kept my window down for the whole trip and gave my leather seats a quick wipe over when he got out. All I could think about was what his own vehicle (a regular Ford with cloth seats) must have smelt like after his shift, and what it must have been like for passengers. I know that especially in summer a long shift leaves you wrung out and smelly, but this was of a supremely higher plane. Appalling.

The worst-smelling passengers outnumber smelly cabbies I reckon – girls covered in their own vomit of cheap sugary alcoholic drinks, boys who’ve downed 18 schooners and pissed their pants. I never had anyone shit in my cab, but it’s not unheard of.

But even if passengers stink, while it’s not pleasant it’s their money that’s paying you, and you’ll be shot of them in 20 minutes or less, mostly. Cabbies who stink should be removed, period.

bd84 bd84 8:59 pm 27 Apr 11

So do any taxi drivers out there have an excellent story about them having to drive a smelly passenger to a destination??

toriness toriness 8:23 pm 27 Apr 11

georgesgenitals said :

I once got into a taxi in the city and it stank so bad, I thought the driver must have s*** his pants. I said “hey, you s*** your pants”, to which he replied “no I didn’t”. Then a bit later I said “you DID s*** your pants”, to which he replied “no I didn’t”. A bit later I said “you DEFINITELY shat yourself”. He replied “I DEFINITELY did not”. So I said “pull them down and show me”. He pulled over, and dropped his strides and there was a long, streaky grogan smeared down the inside of the pants, all over his undies and all over his leg. I said “Ha – I TOLD YOU you shat yourself”, and he replied “bullcrap, it was in there when I found them”.

True story.

omg surely you jest!!

Postalgeek Postalgeek 8:20 pm 27 Apr 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.

+1 Soon as I read the word ‘freezing’, my empathy monitor flatlined.

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