Chronicles of a Taxi Driver, Why are Taxi Cabs Yellow?

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In this part of the series “Chronicles of a Taxi Driver” the “why” question always comes up, “Why are Taxi Cabs Painted Yellow?” The iconic signature of a Taxi Cab around the world is yellow, and for at least two good reasons, #1 It is a distinguishable color for a taxi cab, a bright Yellow and … #2 Yellow stands out amongst all other colors, compared to black or brown cars.

Motorized taxicabs began to appear on the streets of major cities from the early 1900s. According to, the word Taxi traces to the early 20th century, when it appeared as a shortened version of “taximeter,” and “Cabby” being short form for a cab driver. A taximeter is a device that measures the cab’s mileage. Continue reading

Is Hollywood Glamorizing Taxi Drivers


Taxi Driver HeaderThis is another story from the “Chronicles of a Taxi Driver” series. So, You Still Want To Be A Taxi Driver, Eh.? There are many movies out there glamorizing the taxi driving industry. Some of these movies listed at the bottom have a hilarious theme like the weekly “ #TaxiSeries ” from the ’80s to my favorite space-age theme “ #TheFifthElement” with Bruce Willis.  Most have a funny and glamorous side to their stories.

One person asked, “Is it hard to be a Taxi Driver?” No, not really, but being a taxi driver is not all fame and glory.

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“Chronicles of a Taxi Driver” Series of Articles

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“Chronicles of a Taxi Driver” Series of Articles starts off with asking questions. Is the Taxi Industry being unfairly treated by the general public? Is it a trade with very little respect? Are cab drivers themselves being treated unfairly? Are cabbies portrayed like high school dropouts with no education?

 Questions, Questions, and More Questions!!

Chronicles of a Taxi Driver” articles and stories will show, unlike other trades, most taxi drivers, have no pension plan or … job security. They have oddball hours, fare evasion from a lot of passengers, and threats on their life. And let’s not forget my all-time favorite … health problems from lack of exercise due to their work environment.  And … most taxi drivers “Are well educatedContinue reading