York City Cab Advice
to New York City? Well.. here is some advice we have for your
trip. Take a cab. It's easy, environmentally more friendly than
driving your own car and you will likely get to where you are
going faster than any other method of transportation. So a few
helpful hints curtesy of www.NewYorksBest.com
do you know if a cab is available?
Cabbies can be found all over the city. They are those ugly
yellow cars that speed down the streets of Manhattan. When
looking for a cabbie, look for the numbers found on the roof
of the car. If the numbers are illuminated, that means that
the cab is empty and available for you to take. If the numbers
are dark, that means that the cab already has someone taking
a ride, so look for another one.
Hailing a Cab
Now, hailing a cab is an art all its own. It's also considered a competition.
When hailing a cab, you need to make sure that you do two things:
stand at or just off the curb and have arm extend straight up and
out so that the cabbie can see you. An experienced cab-hailer really
knows how to do this right. But don't laugh at them even though they
look like they're about to jump on top of the hood of the cab. This
is all a competition because if you are in a busy spot and a lot of
people are waiting for a cab, you will be waiting for a while unless
you "fight" for the cab. Walk quickly to catch the cab or
else someone will beat you to it. Also, if you are staying at a hotel
that has a doorman and it's a little bit nippy outside, you might
want to ask him/her to hail a cab for you. They are more likely to
catch a cab quicker than a "lay" person.
you are inside the cab there are several things that you should
do or be aware of:
-- Speak in a loud and clear voice when telling the cabbie where
you are going. There is a thick piece of plexi-glass separating
the driver from you so it's kind of hard for them to hear you otherwise.
-- Listen for the meter clicks. The meter should only click every
4 or 5 blocks. Any more, it's illegal! If this happens, take down
the cabbies medallion number, license plate number, whatever and
report it immediately. If you don't, it's ok. But it's your money.
-- When your ride is over, make sure that you get a receipt. If
for any reason, you want to make a complaint or you need to get
back something that you lost, the medallion number and telephone
number is on the receipt.
-- Tip the driver only if you feel that the driver "deserves"
it and did a good job. If you're tipping, be sure that you tip 15%
or more. This goes for anyplace that allows tipping. So if your
ride is $10, tip the cabbie about $2.
-- Lastly, smile! You're on camera. Because of rash robberies, cameras
have been installed in most cabs to keep track of who goes into
The rate of a cab ride changes. But if you're not sure, just look
on the outside of the door to the cab. Currently, the initial rate
is about $3.50 and then about $0.50 is added on to either every
1/5th of a mile or every 120 seconds that you are stopped (in traffic).
If you go over a bridge, you (not the cabbie) are responsible for
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