Maneesh Godbole wrote:Don't cabs in NY have GPS?
Campbell Ritchie wrote:London cabbies are required to know streets. In order to get a licence, they must recite the names of all streets between St Pancras Station and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane or wherever. They spend about three years riding round Central London on Sundays on tiny motorbikes with clipboards learning the way round. The usual name for that procedure is, “doing the Knowledge”.
Campbell Ritchie wrote:Of course at 5.00pm the app on the dashboard will know which streets have the most traffic?
Campbell Ritchie wrote:How on earth do these people get licensed?
They do (both). And I am sure a few can be as dishonest with strangers to London as anybody else. The fares are calculated strictly by distance, in multiples of 352 yards (I think) (=⅕ mile). But the fares are so high that most cabbies can make a good living without any fiddling. And there is nothing rectilinear about London streets; I live in just about the only rectilinear town in England, it is as well there aren't such zones. There are however zones in London for other forms of public transport, and it can be less expensive to travel round the outside of London than across central London. It is not only motorists who have to avoid the congestion charge area
Henry Wong wrote:. . . I don't think comparing a NYC taxi to a London Black Cab really works. Yes, it may take years to learn all the London streets, and get licensed, but I will speculate that the majority of drivers own their cars. And that they can make a long career out of it. . . .