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Taxi Apps
« on: August 25, 2017, 02:05:11 AM »
I see in the news Hertz are leaving Russia in some part due to the increasing use of taxi apps..

https://themoscowtimes.com/news/hertz-car-rental-exists-russian-market-58747

That part of the reason is easy to understand, much has changed in just 18 months! We always used to call a taxi to take us in town for an evening out that cost about 550 roubles ..we never use any local taxi firm anymore..Yandex taxi which is that same as Uber will have a taxi at our door with 2 minutes for 350/400 roubles.

For years now after a night out we would normally hitch a lift home usually about 4am and would pay about 500 roubles, if the bridges are up about 650. We don't even bother hitching , its easier to order the taxi with Yandex taxi inside, within 2 minutes its there and ready for about 400 roubles.

We do not even use metro so much , if we take the kids out its cheaper to use Yandex taxi :)

I think there are lots of unhappy people about, all the old papas driving around late in the evening hoping to pick up some hitchers and earn some extra cash..they have no clients now! Only ever see a few people hitching now.. Im sure all the airport taxi services are suffering also..who needs to pay their prices! Tap Yandex taxi and 5 mins later a taxi is waiting outside 30% less that the usual airport price. Not that I ever use airport taxis, I will take the $1 bus home  :chuckle:

The good thing about Yandex taxi is you don't even need to speak Russian to use it..












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Re: Taxi Apps
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2017, 03:13:57 AM »
I use these apps when the service is dealing with taxi firms. I do not use Uber because they are not taxis.

Back inthe day I used the Russian gypsy cabs, they were a useful alternative to robbery by cabby but I think it has been a while since that was a valid choice.

Commonly I use Taxify, an Estonian service that has spread across large parts of Europe. In Spain I have been using one called Cabify. Most towns I go to seem to have taxi firms that are using 'ride apps' for booking and marketing. This seems to me to be the best option. Convenience, legality, price transparency and good notification of when the cab has arrived.

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Re: Taxi Apps
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2017, 03:22:39 AM »
I used to like using Gypsy cabs, probably will do again some time. When my family have been over I often hitched back with them. My sister and husband were over last summer and we hitched back home, when the cab turned up , it was an old clapped out lada she said "Im not getting in that!!" I just said "Shut up and get in"  :laugh:


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Re: Taxi Apps
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2017, 03:38:50 AM »
We’ve got Hailo in Dublin, still a rip-off, 28 quid to airport, would be less than a tenner in Leeds
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Re: Taxi Apps
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2017, 03:41:03 AM »
Yandex Taxi is not available in Evpatoria, figures.
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Re: Taxi Apps
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2017, 04:25:48 AM »
We have Red taxi v Yandex/ Uber battling it out.

I used Uber before the joined up with Yandex... Can get a taxi 3 to 4 times less from say DME to SVO and works out far cheaper than using express trains and metro.

If you are a real cheapskate try using blblacar..I have used it in the UK as a driver and passenger and SC has used it to get from Krasnodar to Sochi at night, when a charter flight meant missing a fly and a long wait.

I noticed that far less people try 'auto stop' in S.Russia than in Peter or across Ukraine....

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Re: Taxi Apps
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2017, 08:38:50 AM »
Yandex Taxi is not available in Evpatoria, figures.

I tried Yandex taxi last time I was in the Uk but it said "Sorry Yandex taxi is not available in Charmouth"   :laugh:

Not much is available in Charmouth!

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Re: Taxi Apps
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2017, 11:42:16 AM »
Uber (and I am sure others) are available in 4 or so cities in Ukr (Kyiv, Odessa, Lviv and I think Kharkiv, for now), although the Ukies haven't quite gotten the hang of it yet in terms of expecting you to actually be at the pickup point.

Back in the bad old days of no apps, I'd simply have a restaurant hostess or a bellman ring a taxi for me when necessary.

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Re: Taxi Apps
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2017, 12:31:59 PM »
I deleted Uber from my phone after using it in London.

The cars and drivers were, shall we say, far from the top end of the market. Many had obnoxious personal hygiene, poor driving skills and even poorer English.

Added to which, it is well documented that there have been various rapes of women who use the service. 48 in 2 years in fact, mostly by Muslims.

It's just not a platform I feel I can support on any level.

For those in London, the black cabbies now have an app: http://www.taxiapp.uk.com/

Those guys are properly licensed, vetted and know the streets. 

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Re: Taxi Apps
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2017, 01:35:11 PM »
Lone-wolf London Black Cab rapist story here...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Worboys

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Re: Taxi Apps
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2017, 01:48:19 PM »
Lone-wolf London Black Cab rapist story here...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Worboys

So thats one black cabbie ever -v- 48 Uber drivers (and many more likely unreported) in two years. I know I'd pay the extra few quid to have my wife take a black cab over an Uber. That is aside from the Uber -v- black cab accident rate. Half these blokes got their "licence" in Dustystan. It's not really the same thing.

Would you send Nadia out alone in Bradford in an Uber? I'd bet not. Would you cough up an extra fiver for a back cab? I bet in reality you would. For sure, 99/100 she would be just fine in an Uber, even though he went the wrong way, stank like last week's curry, racked the bill up and leered at her. Wouldn't you rather pay a fiver more to have her in a properly insured black cab driven by Bob who has done "the knowledge" than a crappy Toyota with dodgy brakes driven by Mohammed with his sat nav who thinks she is easy meat as an infidel?

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Re: Taxi Apps
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2017, 01:56:38 PM »
Lone-wolf London Black Cab rapist story here...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Worboys

So thats one black cabbie ever -v- 48 Uber drivers (and many more likely unreported) in two years. I know I'd pay the extra few quid to have my wife take a black cab over an Uber. That is aside from the Uber -v- black cab accident rate.

I don't use Uber or Hailo etc either, as they are lift-sharing operations and I'm fussy about being driven about by a non-professional.

Luckily in places where these companies operate there's usually cheap decent public transport if you're not too proud (and I'm not!)

I have a travel card here works on all buses, trams and trains in Dublin (which is a very big place in therms of area, right up to Malahide) unlimited for €106 a month, the only cheap thing in Dublin!
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Re: Taxi Apps
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2017, 02:11:35 PM »
Nicely avoided.  :chuckle:

I'll add to that. Wifey and I were in London last year when I tried Uber. One bloke took us to the end of a dead end street and said "navigation say it there" and pointed. We got out and walked ten minutes asking people before we arrived.

On another occasion we took a black cab, we were in traffic, he diverted, dropped us elsewhere and said "if you walk through that alley and keep left you are there in 3 mins, or I can sit in traffic for 20 mins and cost you more money?" - we thanked him and got out.

The black cabs are more expensive, but as above, sometimes their honesty negates that. The Uber might get you there most of the time, but often a two star service. I might slum it in an Uber with a smelly bloke to save fiver now and again alone, but I wouldn't put my wife and/or daughter alone in one. Why take that risk?

Imagine your wife had been out with pals and glugged a load of wine and is coming home. Do you want her in an Uber with amourous "Amir" from Dustystan to save four quid in something with squeaky brakes and clunky suspension or in a black cab with a bloke called Dave from Bethnall Green who is properly certified whose Dad was likely a cabbie too?

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Re: Taxi Apps
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2017, 02:37:01 PM »
The Uber drivers in Leeds are generally students of all creed and colour and the hackney carriages generally Asian, I normally get one from the station when I go home.

Here I've taken two cabs, (incidentally you can hail private hire cabs legally here) first one a proper one, Irish fella, ripped me off for 30 quid and took the long way round, said be was avoiding traffic and a Hail-o Uber-clone one which was driven by some Eastern European, half the distance of the other, 26 quid but it was 4:30 am journey (red-eye flight).

In Denmark I took one cab from where I lived to the hospital about 10kms, 45 quid each way, 90 fukn quid. They don't have uber anymore in Copenhagen, so it was an official 'Taksi'

Got ripped off in Chel too from the hotel to Nadia's mums, Nadia was lived, said it was cos I spoke to her in English, price went up five times. Next day we got one practically a full half day for same price cos I wasn't speaking...

Going to Paris next month not looking forward to that....

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Re: Taxi Apps
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2017, 02:49:52 PM »
Nicely avoided.  :chuckle:



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