Driving down Mass Ave, we spotted Boston taxi medallion number 1 and Massachusetts taxi license plate number 1.
Someone has to be number 1, but this is just a happenstance. What would make a taxi number 1 (meaning the best) in your opinion?
Essential for us is:
- A clean cab: especially no odor of smoke or sickening air fresheners.
- A driver who is not on the phone or eating while driving.
- Seat belts that are easy to use without part of it tucked under the seat.
- Radio not shared with back seat passengers.
- Credit card use available even if we don't intend to use it.
- A driver who knows where he or she is going.
- A driver who avoids or at least doesn't drive into a traffic jam. And, when driving around a jam, explain what you are doing.
What would you like to see added to Boston's Taxi rules.
- An available light on the top of the cab the way it's done in NYC.
- A Boston Hackney Unit app that would let you rate cabs by medallion number the way UBER lets you rate drivers and would let you report bad behavior in a quick efficient manner.
- A tracking app for taxis like the one for UBER so you know your cab is on the way. (Note: clicking on this UBER link to join will give you and us a bonus.)
- A serious fine for sitting outside a building blowing the taxi's horn to notify a passenger that you have arrived. Your passenger may not be near the front of the building, so you are only annoying people who do live near the door.
What's on your list? What would take you back to using cabs again?
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Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photography: © 2015 Penny Cherubino