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  Reply # 321047 20-Apr-2010 23:04
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Ezreal: Never knew about the left lane thing.
Going back to OP, I personally like when I catch a Taxi and they speed. It is usually at night so there are less people on the road, and it ends up being cheaper.


I don't know how it could be cheaper since they charge per KM not per minute...





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  Reply # 321053 20-Apr-2010 23:10
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I used to think that, but they charge both, km and time. Just watch a meter when your at the lights or at stop sign. It ticks over 10 cents at a time (Their "waiting" rate). So therefore the faster a taxi driver goes, the less time charge there will be.

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  Reply # 321055 20-Apr-2010 23:13
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Yes, I know they do charge a minute rate when they stop. But the fare won't be much different if you do a route at 40km/h or at 50km/h. You might get caught in one light or another, but speed wouldn't make a difference - stop at lights is a purely random occurrence.







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  Reply # 321109 21-Apr-2010 08:28
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I believe that drivers that hold a professional licence i.e. passenger, truck etc. need to be held to higher standards. They are on the road more, drive vehicles that are either carrying people or a lot heavier!

Perhaps only having 50 demerit points available before they lose that endorsement on their licence.

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  Reply # 321114 21-Apr-2010 08:43
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freitasm: Yes, I know they do charge a minute rate when they stop. But the fare won't be much different if you do a route at 40km/h or at 50km/h. You might get caught in one light or another, but speed wouldn't make a difference - stop at lights is a purely random occurrence.

Exactly.  I don't know the exact crossover point (where the km rate takes over from the per min rate), it would be different for each set of tariffs but it's pretty low.  e.g. http://www.presidenttaxis.co.nz/ Tariff 1, $3/km or $1/min.  So as soon as it takes less than 3 mins to drive 1 km (i.e. more than 20km) then the speed is irrelevant.  I guess if they're "speeding", the time they take to get from 0 km/h up to 20 km/h might be a bit less but I wouldn't think that would make so much difference over the whole trip.

In fact it could be more expensive.  The distance travelled is always the same, so that cost is based on per km rate plus flagfall.  The only unknown is the amount of time spent waiting.  At a certain speed, say 50km/h, the taxi might hit all the lights and not have to stop at all - minimum cost.  At higher speed, all that might happen is the taxi gets to red lights sooner, meaning extra time spent waiting and a higher fare!  As freitasm says, it's a bit random (I wouldn't say "purely" random as lights are phased together - how often have you missed the first set of lights on a road and end up missing all the rest too?) so it could go one way sometimes and the other the next.

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  Reply # 323442 27-Apr-2010 10:22
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freitasm: Yes, I know they do charge a minute rate when they stop. But the fare won't be much different if you do a route at 40km/h or at 50km/h. You might get caught in one light or another, but speed wouldn't make a difference - stop at lights is a purely random occurrence.





That is true that the fare isn't much different, but as a student, that difference could be another drink before I go home.

As I said before I only catch taxis during the night, It would be much more different in during the day with any traffic so the speed would be irrelevant and as bazzer said would probably hit more lights.

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  Reply # 323474 27-Apr-2010 11:18
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Ezreal:
freitasm: Yes, I know they do charge a minute rate when they stop. But the fare won't be much different if you do a route at 40km/h or at 50km/h. You might get caught in one light or another, but speed wouldn't make a difference - stop at lights is a purely random occurrence.


That is true that the fare isn't much different, but as a student, that difference could be another drink before I go home.

As I said before I only catch taxis during the night, It would be much more different in during the day with any traffic so the speed would be irrelevant and as bazzer said would probably hit more lights.

I didn't say that at all! In fact, quite the opposite.  I would think that driving at night at the speed limit you would be less likely to get any red lights since the lights seem to be set to stay green on main roads unless other traffic arrives at the lights.  So, if anything, speeding would increase your fare.  I would think it would be very unlikely that speeding in a taxi would reduce the fare by anywhere near a drink's worth ($7 or so?).

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