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Marghanita da Cruz
marghanita at ramin.com.au
Wed Oct 8 10:57:09 EST 2008
Howard Lowndes wrote:
> Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
>> Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
>>> Howard Lowndes wrote:
>>>> Richard Chirgwin wrote:
>>>>> Howard Lowndes wrote:
>>>>> What are you making the maps in?
>>>> It's not so much map making as wanting to identify routes between
>>>> places - ala a SATNAV displaying the the best route between two
>>>> points so as to work out the shortest out of a set of routes - is
>>>> point B closer to point A than point C is closer to point A, or is
>>>> point D even closer to point A. I want it as part of a taxi
>>>> booking, dispatch and management system idea that I am playing with -
>>>> trying to drag the taxi industry into the 21 century at reasonable cost.
>>> So, are you suggesting that Taxi fares should be charged point to
>>> point rather than on the basis of distance and time?
>> Perhaps of Relevance.
>>> Silver Top Taxi Service operates a radio network in Melbourne for the
>>> purpose of handling taxi bookings and associating them with available
>>> taxis. Silver Top was concerned with the level of calls not getting
>>> through to operators, or receiving 'busy tone', particularly in peak
>>> demand periods Ð even when taxi cabs were vacant and available to take
>>> fares in many areas
> The comments I get from passengers about Melbourne taxis would make a
> bullocky cringe:
> Dirty taxis
> Won't accept small fares
> Unlicenced, unregistered drivers
> No clue where they are
In Sydney, they tried to fix the "won't accept small fares" by not telling the
drivers the destination. This resulted in a lot of grumbling by drivers to
passengers. And I would guess the odd refusal to take a passenger to their
destination, when they discovered what it was.
As to having no clue where they are - is this possible, with the ubiquity of
dashboard GPS/Navigation systems?
And there is one other grumble, I have, and that is the hefty toll on taxis,
which is passed onto passengers, at Sydney Airport!
This seems to be old news...
> Kennett's cabs offer
> Article from: Sunday Herald Sun
> Kate Adamson
> > August 19, 2007 12:00am
> FORMER Victorian premier Jeff Kennett has asked the Victorian Government for the authority to clean up Melbourne's cab crisis.
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