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I’m a Taxi Driver

by pauli

I’m a taxi driver in New York – born and bred and I know New York City like the back of my hand.

Unlike most taxi drivers in New York City who come from Bangladesh or the Soviet Union or Ethiopia or even Suffolk County.

Well I guess the foreign drivers make for interesting conversations [if they speak English] about the countries from which they hail but if you really want the inside info on New York then a local driver is what you want to hail.

A lot of taxi drivers complain about the advent of Uber and the population of yellow cabs, making earning a living from driving cabs very hard.

I don’t find it so – guess the many years of experience have wizened me to the advantages + the pitfalls of this industry. I have no complaints.

Well perhaps I’m not so keen when we have heavy snow on the city streets.

To give you an idea of taxi prices in New York: A city centre trip to JFK is +/-$80 with tip.

However I am thinking of retirement, so for anyone who is interested I do have a taxi medallion for sale.

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  • September 2, 2017

    Pauli – sound s like a universal problem for taxi drivers in the developed world – the foreign drivers seem to be able to take fixed routes on their GPSand they hail from other countries – one either gets a grunt or conversation hard to understand.
    I appreciate a local when I travel – early this year was in Norway Bergen on a late night flight and had a local driver who realised the major way to the hotel was blocked by an accident in a tunnel – being local he took all the detours he knew

    • September 3, 2017

      Ye even the locals like local taxi drivers. Haven’t been to Norway but guess it the same all over.

  • September 2, 2017

    I will have to use your services when in New York – how does one get the taxi of their choice in the big apple?
    Don’t worry about Uber – they will replace their poor suckers as soon as automatic self driving cars are developed – but I bet taxis will be around but it is tougher to get a living until Uber replaces its drivers -a although their drivers are facing stiff costs of running a business part time.

  • September 3, 2017

    Hey would love to show you New York. Just private message me on Mikode when you are planning to come over.

  • February 4, 2018

    Last year I flew to Sydney and was picked up by a car from the hotel. I recognized the streets and tunnels we went through as I had used the same via GPS. Going back to the airport, a former taxi driver drove me. We were both from the same country, so we happily chatted away, but the journey was so short as he was using all back roads he knew from his previous occupation. I was amazed. Hope he can pick me up the next time.

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