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    Terrifying Taxis

    by arianne_1504 Written Apr 12, 2011

    I didn't really have a great experience with taxi drivers in Sydney. One of them was too busy listening to the football to answer my questions, another was chatting on the phone to someone in a foreign language and most of them were just really bad drivers - racing up behind other cars and screaming to a stop.

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    Use common sense and you'll be...

    by carstenj Updated May 11, 2006

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    Use common sense and you'll be fine. However, Sydney cabs are notorious. Pointers are: If you share a cab with other people, make sure the meter is on multiple fare or refuse to pick up extra fares. You can demand Airconditioning! If the driver stops to read maps, they must stop the meter. And worst, sometimes they will refuse your fare if you're not going in the 'right' direction, if that happens get a cab and say you want to go to the casino and then 'change' your mind about the destination.

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    Useless taxi drivers

    by bzh Written Jan 24, 2003

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    Don't assume that because you get into a taxi, the driver will know how to go where you want him to. Quite a lot of taxi drivers are not native of Australia, let alone Sydney and don't really have a good knowledge of the city. the worst example I had was a guy who didn't know how to get to Harbour Bridge from a place not far from Circular Quay. Ok, there were a few one way systems to take into account but still. So, when you get into a cab, have a map with you, just in case your driver is totally lost.

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  • Apr 11, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Use a local firm if possible, i.e. Manly Cabs, Southern Districts, St George, etc when in that area as they are more likely to know which way to go. Combined Taxis is the major company across Sydney but their drivers are generally asian or arabic with some language problems and you're likely to get a driver who is based miles from where he picks you up ad therefore has little knowledge of that area.

    Use one of the 'luxury' cabs like Silver Service or Prestige for a slightly more comfy ride.

    If you are taking a longish journey find out the road that most would expect to take and tell this to the driver. Fo example, if you're in the city and need to go to Chatswood you'd say "Chatswood please, over the bridge and take the freeway to the Artarmon exit". If the driver thinks you know the way he's less likely to take you the long way in order to get a higher fare.

    And a couple that many don't realise. You are not obliged to take the first cab at a taxi rank. I regularly walk past 5 or 6 cabs to get one that is the company I like or which looks like a cleaner, safer vehicle. The other drivers might grumble but its perfectly legal. Also, hop in the cab before saying where you want to go. Once seated in a cab that is displaying a Vacant sign or light it is unlawful of them to deny your fare. If they grumble at you, just stay seated , pull out your mobile phone and tell them you'll call the cops and report them. This is why they sometime at busy locations will cruisr by and ask out the window where people are going. They know once seated they cannot refuse your destination. You can ask for the air con to be put on. Some cabbie avoid air con as it increases fuel consumtion but its your choice, not theirs, and likewise you can ask for the radio ion or off and on whichever station you prefer. If you don't like the guy playing loud Bollywood music, tell him. You are the customer. Most Sydney cab drivers are great - polite and helpful. Its just the few Sorry, but usually with Combined) who let the others down.

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