A Series Of Stories Of A TAXI DRIVER
Taxis – An Essential Part of Our Heritage – By Mark A James
Taxis are an important part of every town and city in the world. In fact, in many places, they provide the local color as well as an invaluable service. In America, the ubiquitous yellow cab appeared in the early part of the last century and became a symbol of the American dream; of a job that discriminated against no man (or woman) and service loved and hated in equal measures by the entire population!
In England we have the iconic black cab, successor to the eighteenth century Hackney carriage, and a traditional symbol of safety and reliability. Qualifying as a driver of a black cab meant learning ‘the knowledge’ or knowing every back and side street in London – a process that could take up to four years.
Whilst yellow taxis and black cabs started in the capital cities, they soon proliferated the streets of most major towns and cities of each country. Their drivers were smart and sassy. Ask them a question about anything and they would provide an answer before you could blink.
Taxis are so much a part of modern life that one might be forgiven for thinking of them as a modern invention. In fact taxis existed in Roman times, operating an ingenious system to calculate the cost of the journey by a mechanism that released balls periodically at the turn of the axle. At the journey’s end, the passenger paid according to the number of balls accumulated. It is easy to see from this how the modern taximeter originated.
Did you know during the Prohibition era of 1920s Al Capone owned two houses in Kitchener Ontario Canada. He resided there during the purchasing of Whisky from Seagram’s of Waterloo and smuggling it back into the US. “Roomer by a Kitchener Taxi Driver”
A taxi journey forms an essential part of every foreign holiday and whether we step into a black cab or yellow cab, a hand or bicycle driven rickshaw or a gliding water taxi, we place our trust in the knowledgeable men and women in charge of these vehicles to deliver us safely and quickly from point A to point B. Love them or hate them, there is no denying that taxis are an essential part of our heritage.
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Chronicles of a Taxi Driver
Good Taxi Drivers stories always wanted, but remember when I post them the rights of the article will be considered mine. Thank and please share any of your stories. “Good or Bad”