Verifying The Validity Of Taxis Through Taxi Medallions

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Blog, Travel | 0 comments

Have you ever wondered if the taxi you were about to get into was a legitimate taxi or a scam? Maybe you’re not that paranoid – maybe you’ve wondered about the state of the taxi cab. Would the car break down? Would it be cramped and smelly inside? Whatever worst-case scenarios your mind conjures up, there are ways to verify the validity of a taxi before ever opening the door. It is through state-distributed medallions.

Taxi Medallions are a Sign of High Standards

First off, it’s important to note that major cities such as New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco all require their taxi drivers to own a medallion. Second, you need to know what that medallion stands for. Before obtaining a license and medallion to operate a cab, potential drivers must meet:

  • Driving Standards: Cab owners must have a quality driving record.
  • Customer Service Standards: This includes demonstrating that drivers have a quick response time for pickup as well as reliability in arriving at the correct destination.
  • Equipment Safety Standards: Safety standards are met when the cab is fully functional and has enough room for passengers to stow their luggage (when necessary) and sit comfortably.

How to Tell if a Taxi Driver Owns a Medallion

In most cities, the medallion is designed so that it can be displayed on top of the taxi, alongside the light-up sign. For the most part, it is easily identified from the exterior of the vehicle. However, in some states, the medallion is a paper license. Paper licenses should be available by the driver at a moment’s notice, and most cab owners display it in visible areas inside their vehicles.

The Occasional Difficulty

The taxi system is a fairly safe and reliable mode of transportation. If you experience the occasional difficulty with a cab, it may be due to one of two things: the age of the driver or the medallion carrier. Cab owners should recognize when their age poses a risk to their driving capability and be willing to surrender their license when necessary. It’s also good to keep in mind that medallion owners can transfer their medallions to other drivers on days they don’t want to or can’t work. For this reason, they might not meet the same driving standards as the actual owner. If you experience poor service for any reason, you can report it directly to the state.

Because of state-legislated and distributed medallion requirements, the taxi system should be a reliable form of transportation. For more information, contact Safety Taxi LLC or a similar company.

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The Benefits Of Taxi Riding On Vacation

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Blog, Travel | 0 comments

If you are a big traveler, you may already be accustomed to taking taxis regularly. If however, you only take a family vacation once or twice a year, you may not automatically think to take a taxi cab to help you during your trip. Here are some of the reasons why hailing a cab during your trip can help you save time and money.

Airport Cabs

If you are travelling by plane, getting to your hotel after you arrive is much easier if you have an taxicab to take you there. You can make prior arrangements with a cab company so that you will have one waiting for your upon your arrival. This will save you from the hassle of trying to find an airport cab that is not being used by another person. You will be able to arrive knowing your ride is already taken care of.

Stress-free Road Trips

When vacationing, it is easy to get lost if you are not familiar with the surroundings. If your family is going to take a day trip, it may be easier to have a cab pick you up and bring you back to your hotel rather than rent a car.

If you are not planning on doing a lot of far distance driving on your vacation, a cab would cost less than a car rental. You also won’t have to worry about directions, which is less stressful for you and your whole family.

Location Flexibility

If you hire a cab to bring you shopping or to the beach while you are on vacation, you will be able to wander around the area without needing to return to the original location to pick up your vehicle. You will be able to enjoy starting at one side of town and end at another, if you wish.

This will save you from unnecessary walking when you should be relaxing on your vacation. Take the time to enjoy seeing new sights without returning to them again in an attempt to find your vehicle.

This is also a big help should weather conditions change while you are out and about. You would be able to call a cab to take you back to your hotel without needing to run through a storm to get back to your vehicle. Your family can wait for your ride under an overhang without getting wet at all.

Before your next trip, contact a transportation service like Southwest Florida Transportation Group, Inc. to see if a taxi is a feasible option. 

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