Taxicab Business and Operations
Kareem Haggag and Giovanni Paci authored a discussion paper for the Department of Economics at Columbia University titled Default Tips. The March 2013 study examined 13 million credit card transactions in New York City taxicabs. The authors determined that the default tips suggested to passengers on rear-seat terminals have a large impact on tip amounts. Generally tip amounts are higher, but the authors "highlight a potential cost of setting defaults too high, as a higher proportion of customers opt to leave no credit card tip when presented with the higher suggested amounts."
Download this Taxicab Rate-of-Fare Calculator, an Excel XLS worksheet that allows easy comparison of two taxicab rates of fare. The worksheet opens with Microsoft's Excel or with the free Gnumeric program.
NIST Handbook 44 - Taximeters Code describes the requirements for accurate measurement and transparent calculation of metered taxicab fares. This technical document underlies important consumer protections for taxicab customers.
The Taxi News offers frequent updates on taxi issues worldwide. Highly recommended.
A manager's first line of defense against high-risk drivers is the driving history. How to Read a Driver License Print-Out.
A perfect print-out
Managing in the Aftermath of Disaster: What do you do when tragedy strikes and the phone is ringing off the hook? Read this thought-provoking account of what may be expected of a manager in times of crisis. Diamond Taxicab Dispatch Services general manager Jim Bell recounts the events following the death of driver Tahir Khan in a Toronto car wreck that captured the attention of the national media.
Nissan's 2014 NV200 Taxi is the New York City "Taxi of Tomorrow,"
with customized versions for Chicago and London.
TX4 London cab by The London Taxi Company
Interior passenger seating of the Euro 5 Vito Taxi from Mercedes-Benz
Freedom Motors, makers of TaxiPlus accessible minivans.
Activan, Ricon Group, source of accessible taxicabs.
Savaria produces rear, side and dual entry wheelchair accessible taxicabs.
Insurance and risk reduction
How to read an insurance policy and other guides to buying business insurance, courtesy of the Insurance Bureau of Canada
Kabsure provides insurance quotes for UK taxis, minicabs and private hires
Global Liberty Insurance Co of New York insures taxis and limos in 14 states including California, Florida and New York
Zingo Taxi Insurance has policies for UK taxis, minicabs and private hires
Aequicap TaxiPro insurance services available in 18 states of the US
New America Insurance, taxi policies for Ohio, West Virginia, Idaho and Oregon
Research Underwriters insurance for the public transportation industry
Essex Insurance auto liability for taxicabs in most US states
ABI Business Insurance Services transportation insurance in most US states
Lighthouse Insurance for the transportation industry
Atlas Group offers passenger transportation insurance
John Burnham Insurance Services for the transportation industry
Professional Insurance Center for taxicabs
In-cab signage can reduce risk
Quotax Insurance Services for UK taxi operators.
Quotiva Network uses an online form to match British taxi drivers with insurance brokers.
Online UK quote facility of ChoiceQuote Insurance Services for taxi insurance.
Wilson Insurance Group through QuoteLineDirect, UK
Penk Taxi Insurance for operators in the UK
Cover My Cab offers taxi insurance specifically designed for private and public hire drivers
CabQuote taxi insurance in the UK
Headley Insurance taxi insurance in the UK
Milestone Insurance Consultants insures taxis and for-hire vehicles in the UK
A19 Insurance taxi insurance in the UK
InsureTaxi.com taxi insurance in the UK
Seatbelt reminder from the City of Auburn in New South Wales
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, crash tests and ratings
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the US Department of Transportation, including crash test results
The Center for Auto Safety, documentation on specific vehicle models
National Institute for Driver Behavior, a nonprofit 501c organization dedicated to the premise that education is an essential component in the formula for crash reduction
TaxiStartUp offers a dispatch solution that aims to optimize efficient routes and minimize waiting times, and allows sharing of orders among companies and fleets.
Curb (formerly Taxi Magic) is a cab booking service by Ride Charge. Customers place orders on smart phones and the orders go directly into the computerized dispatch systems of partner cab companies.
Flywheel is a cab hailing service that allows customers to see and hail participating cabs displayed on a smart phone map.
TaxiCaller allows a customer to hail a cab directly off a smart phone map by clicking on a vehicle.
TaxiMap is a plug-in for UK minicab websites. It lets customers calculate journey prices and make bookings online.
Taxi Dispatch Technology by Don McCurdy is a practical introduction to the selection and management of a computerized taxi dispatch system.
The artfully-done website and blog of Taxidepot in Long Island City offers a wide range of modern taxi equipment and accessories.
Verifone in-cab transportation system for taxicabs
Centrodyne taximeters and related equipment
Pulsar taximeters and related equipment
Taxitronic taximeters and related equipment
Gleike, Inc. taximeters and related equipment
Digitax Meters for the London cab trade
Cygnus Taximeters for the London cab trade
Aquila Electronics, Ltd., meters for the UK taxi trade
CabCharge international taxi charge-account system.
Mobile Knowledge data terminal
Mobile Knowledge US data dispatch, computer-aided voice and passenger information monitors for taxis and private hire vehicles.
Unified Dispatch Unibook platform UniBook allows riders to order transportation services through an automated telephone interface.
Auriga, computer systems to the taxi and private hire industry
Mobile Knowledge taxi dispatch and location technology
An electronic taximeter and mobile data terminal.
APP Technologies business software for transportation companies
Cordic Ltd., provider of taxi data dispatch systems
Digital Dispatch Systems of Vancouver, Canada
Many taxi companies are small businesses.
Safety equipment and services
Taxicab Products, NYC manufacturer of taxicab partitions and other safety equipment, as well as theft prevention hardware.
Taxidepot in Long Island City offers taxicab partitions and security cameras.
Taxi Shields by Okan Industries in Ontario, Canada
Lascoe International, advanced automotive security systems
The iDrive Vehicle Monitoring System includes HD video, GPS and other features for safety and risk reduction.
Janus 3rd Eye video system for crime and accident prevention includes both forward- and rear-facing cameras
Kolimat offers video event data recorders with GPS and Wi-Fi downloading.
iCar dual camera taxi security system with built-in DVR, GPS, and Wi-Fi.
DriveCam video system for crime and accident prevention
VerifEye in-vehicle digital taxicams and surveillance video cameras.
SigTec taxi security camera system offers inside and exterior cameras, and real-time 2-way radio transmitting of images.
Zen-tinel offers a line of mobile security camera systems.
WIT-Software, Lda. of Portugal offers TaxiAlert, a panic button system that sends GPS coordinates to a server installed in a police station. The police can then make a voice call to the taxi to hear sound from inside the taxi, without an attacker knowing it. The system is currently installed in Lisbon and is being deployed in Oporto.
An expatriate FX3 London cab used by a gift delivery service in Winnipeg. 1994 photo courtesy of Norman Beattie.
Advertising services for the taxi industry
HugeMedia taxi advertising throughout the UK including full livery ads.
AddyCab, Liverpool taxi advertising.
Taxi Media, UK taxi advertising.
Verifone taxi advertising.
TaxiNumbers.com, UK directory with over 13,000 taxi companies, firms and cabs.
Taxi Trade Websites designs websites for the taxi industry
Taxi Advantage, websites for UK taxi and airport transfer services
HitchHiker Ads, bumper-mounted holders for advertising
1968 ad for Checker Diesels
Cabtivate, narrowcast digital screen networks, private television channels and out-of-home TV offers passenger information, advertising, entertainment and CCTV security on buses, trains and taxis.
Taxi Advertising, full body taxi advertising, by Andrew Westbrook, London, England
Infotaxi.org, search function provides phone numbers for cab companies worldwide
TaxiGrab service forwards reservations to cab companies
1-800-TAXICAB, a single-number cab call service for North America
416-taxicab.com Toronto single-phone-number service for taxis
Australia's Taxi Network, a one-number taxi connection to 300 taxi services.
Holiday Taxis UK based booking service for taxis, sedans, etc. operating in 17 countries
A good ad can make a lasting impression.
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