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Do you think more Taxi's are the answer to congestion?

Discussion in 'Motoring' started by shahedz, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. shahedz

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    i have just returned from a tour of the far east, (Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand & China)
    the one thing all these countries had in common is that they have a hell of a lot of taxis which are really really cheap to use, in some instances if there was four of us it was cheaper to get a taxi than use the metro., hardly any of the residents have cars and 70% of the vehicles on the road are taxis. they also all run on LPG so there is no smoke or smell.
    Black Cabs are too expensive and so are most minicabs, but do you think if the major cities of England introduced a similar scheme of more taxis and cheaper rates , possibly better tax breaks for the drivers so they benefit more ( as they would have to lessen their fares) , this would be sucessful here?
     
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    i think a cull on people would be the best solution!!!!
     
  3. shahedz

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    severe, but i think it could work! :D
     
  4. la gran siete

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    A better public transport system which includes taxis is certainly worthwhile. Make them affordable and reliable and discourage car use in urban areas as much as possible . Also more cycle lanes.
     
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    I'll second the call for more cycle lanes in our towns and citys, enviromentaly friendly and it keeps you fit as well.
    Cheers,
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    I call for all cycle lanes to be cobbled.... that'll teach em.....:mad:
     
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    Yep, about time some old people died off really.....

    A good majority of old people actually DON'T want to live to a ripe old age of 97!! You're not exactly mobile at that age, your days are filled with not much, you're prone to hundred's of illness's, and at the end of the day, they just don't have the will to continue.
     
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    No they would just clog the roads up.

    I find it stupid that two lanes are reduced to one so busses and taxis can have a quick lane. Most journeys are one way with a stop then a return journey. Thats 2 journeys. Tot how many a taxi will have to make taking you on it and returning to base.
     
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    No, it's already been solved. What we need are loads of huge red buses with a couple of passengers on each. Make them big enough so they can't pass each other very easily on most of London's roads, then everyone will eventually realise you can't get anywhere on the roads and start to use the trains. By then the trains will all be shiny and new and working properly.

    :rolleyes: (sorry.. rant over) :hiya:
     
  10. la gran siete

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    Your not thinking of starting tyhe fourth Reich are you?
     
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    Take all the taxis and buses with their lanes away and leave room for our cars. :devil:

    Not been on a bus since 1990 and hope never to be again :smashin:
     
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    Wider buslanes woukd be helpful. Make private car driving as akward as possible and then msot will see the light and go by P.T :thumbsup:
     
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    But to get more people using public transport it has to be brought up to at least 3rd world standards before I use it ;) Having said that, I was in Cambridge last week and I must say their bus service is very good. You park outside the City in the park and ride and then buses run every 10 minutes with very helpful drivers who will advise you the best place to get off.
    I don't see how a private public transport system can be any good for the people of this country at all, it has to be subsidised in my view.
     
  14. la gran siete

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    I agree . It takes REALpolitical will though which seems sadly lacking
     
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    No, it takes money. Shed loads. Anyone think they aren't paying enough taxes yet? :lease:
     
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    But if it takes shed loads of money (and I think it will) surely the private companies are not the way to go with this as they are only interested in cost cutting and making profits. A couple of years ago every single bus in the Mansfield region was taken off the road as they were unfit for use and dangerous, they had to borrow buses from other areas... disgraceful and they don't deserve any passengers :mad:
     
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    more cycle lanes would be a good idea, but i thought if we could adopt the idea from the far east it would be more practicle to have affordable taxi's all the time. also a lot of people don't like the bus! ( i know i don't) hence a private cab would be awesome!
     
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    I don't like public transport, full stop. Some taxis are OK, but more often than not the standard of driving is somewhat worrying.

    The buses around here a woeful, and very poorly driven (aggressive, too fast, and inept). The buses are also smelly, and full of dirty, poor people.

    The trains from here only go to London or Birmingham, and I have no will to visit either place. The trains also contain a lot of plebs (although they tend to be a little cleaner than the scum on the buses).

    The only public transport I consider using are planes and ferries. The rest of the time, I will stick to my efficient, comfortable and relatively clean private car.
     
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    Are you a snob by any chance??? They are just people like yourself :nono:
     
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    With you on this one Garrett. I can't see how taxi's would ease congestion in anyway unless you force people to share rides and although that's easier to do in London it wouldn't work anywhere else. And if you only have one person in a taxi as you say it has to do a return journey so it ends up being less environmentally friendly than driving yourself!

    Besides the state of the taxi's round here are appalling and the service very bad. Only catch them when forced to (out drinking and have to get home).
     
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    Removing private cars would do more to reduce congestion than anything else therte are far too many single occupants. We need a government with the determination courage sense of purpose and sounnd common sense that will take the appropriate measures to reduce the gridlocks on our roads.Unpopular but necessary.
     
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    Fine. I'll pick you up at 5.30 am every day, and drive you to Essex.

    Although I'm guessing that won't help you very much, at least you'll be doing your bit for the environment. And it should be marginally more pleasant than sitting on a smelly bus full of losers.
     
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    These days cars are very green compared with only 10 years ago and much cleaner than buses and taxis. Funny how you see campaigners drive around in their old 2CV's and original Beetles which pump out the same as 20-30 modern cars

    Global warming is caused by cement factories and cattle farming but they are harder targets to hit than the motorist.
     
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    Have you invented a new social underclass called bus travellers? Losers ???:rolleyes:
     
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    air travel is the first offender followed by car emissions. Its the sheer number of then that causes the problem. ultimately whether we like it or not we shall have to face the truth that we rely on our cars too much and will have to change our ways.
     
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    Concrete/cement production and cow farts coupled with forrest burning are the BIGGEST problems by far.

    I'll admit air travel doesn't help and a flight from UK to NYC is probably more than 000's of car emissions.

    People will not give up their cars. Scenario no.1 : Mother works 10am-3pm, picks up kids, goes shopping, pouring rain and then waits for a bus. NO CHANCE

    Scenario no.2 : Salesman has to do 7-10 customer visits a day. Never get round them all on a bus. Companies employ more people? NO CHANCE

    People are too fond of their own transport and overseas travel. We are used to fresh fruit and veg all year round.

    People do not want to add hours to their working days and see the family less and less. They don't want to pay for a seat in public transport and have to stand in cramped, hot/cold conditions. They want their cars with air con and their own music and no-one's smelly armpit in their face
     
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    I predict they will have to. Government will pass the necessary laws and we shall have to lump it
     
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    scenario one mother puts her kid on a school bus and takes her brolly when shopping.
    Scenario 2 agreed- restrictions will only apply to non essentials

    we maybe fond of our cars and airtravel but other things are far more important . We shall have to get used to holidays in Blackpool and accept that their BO is no worse than ours.People in the past had to.
     
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    You only think that, because you drive a Toyota.

    I haven't invented an underclass called 'bus users', I've merely observed the buses are used exclusively by all underclasses: losers, chavs, thickies and poor people.

    Personally, I'm delighted to pay through the nose just so I don't have to sit with them.

    And you couldn't pay me to go to Blackpool. I went once by mistake, and it won't be happening again.
     
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    Rhoamish have you never used a bus? if so now that you dont you are not a loser. strange way of classifying people. I know what you mean smelly about doing the return journey, but in Singapore, the taxi just waits to pick up another customer where they drop you off in the direction they wish to return to, so elimiates the waste of a empty return journey
     

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