Further to Miranda's Xmas and Taxis below, we must be mindful that
Traditionally, taxi driver bashing by some sections of the media was a solution. Unfortunately, this type of buck passing failed to solve any problems. Therefore, we propose to share the blame together and educate the public to be more co-operative, patient and share taxis to speed up the traffic.
Christmas is held out throughout the civilized world as being the season of goodwill. Well, we think that a little good will extended to
Restaurant patrons and hotel guests all accept a surcharge on their big night out yet somehow expect to get home in a cab when the fun is over at standard rates. Suffer the poor cabbie! Whilst cabbies get told to stagger their shifts a better solution would be to stagger Christmas! Only then would all those patrons get the service they desire. If, however, they are allowed to celebrate the silly season simultaneously then they MUST accept that they can't all go home at the same time with no delay.
When those patrons tell their cabbie "I hope that you are getting paid double time for doing this" and hear the response "Well that's up to you" it is no wonder that a great number of cabbies opt to avoid the madding crowd and take the night off too. What's in it for the cabbie? A tirade of abuse from patrons urged to hate cabbies by the hysterical media; a back seat full of pizza and six packs. Not to mention all the time off the road in the weeks following if some drunk has collected the taxi with their poorly piloted missiles.