Do you prefer to stop a taxi on the road or call one to pick you up?

taxi
@Shavkat (46798)
Philippines
September 3, 2016 8:49pm CST
During the old days, it is easy to have a cab by waving your arm and let them stop. However, it is becoming not possible these days. Grab a taxi app is far better than the old-fashioned way. I assume the number of taxis decreases and it is so impossible to have them available especially during the weekend. In some point, some taxi driver doesn’t want to flag down their meter machine and ask passengers to pay a fixed rate based on their preferences. This is a really out-of-control situation. What do you prefer? Image Credit: pixabay.com
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@Yar_Joey (3314)
• Philippines
4 Sep 16
I am not good in commuting that is why when I ride in a public transportation, I should have a companion. I have not yet experience taking a taxi while in the middle of the street.
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@Shavkat (46798)
• Philippines
4 Sep 16
I had tried stopping a taxi at an isolated area in Central Asia. It takes a lot of courage doing this. Because I am riding in a stranger's vehicle. I don't have a choice that time.
• Philippines
4 Sep 16
so how did you communicate with each other @Shavkat?
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• Philippines
4 Sep 16
why do you say that @yar_joey? because you get lost?
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• United States
4 Sep 16
It isn't common here. I never used a taxi in my life! :) They now have services like Uber/Lyft that is pretty common but I don't use those either.
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@Shavkat (46798)
• Philippines
4 Sep 16
I just tried grab a taxi app. However, I sometimes stop a taxi if there is no choice at all.
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• United States
4 Sep 16
@Shavkat is the taxi app more affordable?
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@silvermist (15823)
• India
4 Sep 16
Usually I drive my car myself.If not I never stop a taxi on the road.I phone and arrange a taxi to pick me up.
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@Shavkat (46798)
• Philippines
4 Sep 16
That's really nice. What if it is urgent to go somewhere?
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@silvermist (15823)
• India
8 Sep 16
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto_rickshaw#/media/File:Goa_Rickshaw.jpg
@Shavkat Yes,that is a problem.Here we have auto rickshaws for hire.I would flag one down instead of a taxi car.
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@Shavkat (46798)
• Philippines
9 Sep 16
@silvermist I think it is more convenient to ride in a rickshaw. It looks like our local tricycle car in the Philippines.
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@JudyEv (100790)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
Luckily we rarely need a taxi now as we don't often go to the city. It is getting very difficult to call a taxi service and have the cab pick you up in time nowadays. There seems to be far fewer taxis.
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@Shavkat (46798)
• Philippines
4 Sep 16
I also notice that in my city. They are becoming lesser and lesser.
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@JudyEv (100790)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
@Shavkat And are they less reliable? Here, you never know if they are coming or not nowadays. And if you need to get to the airport you need to allow extra time because you can't be sure what time the taxi will come.
@akalinus (12452)
• United States
4 Sep 16
Don't they have Uber in the Philippines?
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@Steric (85)
• Shanxi, China
4 Sep 16
We have the DD instead in china.
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@Shavkat (46798)
• Philippines
4 Sep 16
We have a grab a taxi app in my city.
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@allknowing (55746)
• India
9 Sep 16
I have the phone number of a rickshaw and a taxi. I call them whenever I want them. If they are engaged then they send someone else
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@Shavkat (46798)
• Philippines
9 Sep 16
That's very convenient to have.
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@youless (87145)
• Guangzhou, China
6 Sep 16
Here I still prefer to stop a taxi on the road. If I make a call, then usually I have to make it one day earlier. It is inconvenient. Now since Uber is available, everything changes. It is convenient for me to call a Uber as they are around. It is even easier to stop a taxi on the road because they can be occupied.
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@Shavkat (46798)
• Philippines
9 Sep 16
That's nice to hear. When I had stayed in Hui Tui, they only five available taxis.
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• United States
5 Sep 16
I usually call a taxi to pick me up, but just because I've never been successful in trying to stop one on the road. Since I've moved, though, I don't use taxis very often. Which do you prefer?
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@Shavkat (46798)
• Philippines
6 Sep 16
I think I go in both ways. If not possible, then I will just walk from the town proper to my home. As long as I don't have anything to carry. It is good way to have an exercise.
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@skysnap (17581)
4 Sep 16
I prefer taxi. I don't have anyone to pick me up.
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@Shavkat (46798)
• Philippines
4 Sep 16
That's nice, my friend!
@hereandthere (24123)
• Philippines
4 Sep 16
there are two taxi riders here at home. one prefers uber, the other prefers grab. i seldom ride them, but when i do, i just hail one from the street or the taxi stand. do you have uber or grab up there in baguio?
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@Shavkat (46798)
• Philippines
4 Sep 16
Grab app is popular in my city.
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@Hatley (159381)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Sep 16
I prefer to call a cab by phone myself
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@Shavkat (46798)
• Philippines
4 Sep 16
I agree that this is more convenient that going out and asking the taxi driver to stop on the street.
@bella556 (22)
• Kalamazoo, Michigan
4 Sep 16
Waiting for a taxi takes me about 45 minutes before it shows up to the store. In Kalamazoo where I live each one is usually busy on check days,weekends and holidays. Plus the cost is 3.00 per mile. I live three miles from the store and it costs me 12.00 .I only due that once a month Sometimes cab drivers will give me their card to ask for them when I call the cab company. The cab may come a lot quicker. I also remember when this company first started out. The owner had the drivers wear black pants,white shirts,black tie, and a black hat. It sure was a nice manner for drivers to look nice like this.
@Shavkat (46798)
• Philippines
4 Sep 16
I like the outfit of the drivers. It was like riding on a limousine. Thanks for sharing it.
@Steric (85)
• Shanxi, China
4 Sep 16
Online APP for carrying-service is my preference, it's more efficient and more no-rejected than old-fashion way.
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@Shavkat (46798)
• Philippines
4 Sep 16
Yes, it is becoming famous in your country. During my stay in Guangdong province, there are only a few taxis available. I can only ride at the back of the riders of the motors which is the only available transportation that time.
@1hopefulman (20286)
• Canada
4 Sep 16
I haven't taken a taxi in many, many years. I usually bike, take the bus or walk or get a lift from a friend.
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@Shavkat (46798)
• Philippines
4 Sep 16
That's a healthy way to do some exercises. I wish I can do that.
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@TRBRocks420 (62167)
• Banks, Oregon
4 Sep 16
I luckily haven't needed one often, but I guess just call one.
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@Shavkat (46798)
• Philippines
4 Sep 16
I also think it is better to call a taxi company.
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@cacay1 (32164)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
9 Sep 16
I ride a taxi if raining and almost late.
@millie02 (5906)
• United Kingdom
9 Sep 16
It depends where I am and what I am doing. Generally, I find taxis are too expensive to use much.
• Bournemouth, England
4 Sep 16
In my town in England both the street and rank taxis (known as licensed hackney carriages) and the cabs you phone for (known as licensed private hire vehicles or, in some towns, minicabs) are regulated by the local council, who check and test drivers and vehicles and also set the fares. It is slightly cheaper to get a cab off the street as there is no 'booking fee' or 'running in charge' because they do not have to travel to fetch you. Private hire cars can usually be booked by app as well as by phone. But both are under threat from cab app companies like Uber. These are fairly new and controversial still in the UK. I prefer to ring for a cab from a local private hire.company here which has experienced drivers and always gives 10% discount off the meter price.