Monday, December 22, 2014

Taxi safety tips for the holidays

Safe taxi taking habits are good to know. It’s important for you, the passenger, and the driver to respect the ride.

Tips to ensure a safe taxi ride:
  • When hailing a taxi, be sure the driver and vehicle are licensed. Look for a taxi plate on the rear bumper of the vehicle. 
  • The driver’s badge should be posted in a visible location and are typically placed on the passenger side visor. If you are not able to see it, you can ask to see it.
  • Whenever you get into a taxi, take note of the cab number and company. Knowing these numbers will help you track down lost items or if you want to share a compliment or concern about your ride.
As of Friday, Dec. 12, The City has added 57 more cabs to city streets from the 126 taxi plate licences approved by Council on Sept. 22.

Administration and Council agreed more cabs on the road for the holiday season would mean better service.

The 126 taxi plate licences are mandated to be in service and available for dispatch calls on Friday and Saturday evenings, making it a little easier to find a cab during peak period times.

There are many different ways to get a cab:
  • Try using an app to access a cab. Checker, Associated, and Calgary United Cabs all have an app that connects you with a ride. 
  • If you call a cab company and get put on hold, don’t hang up and redial, stay on the line for faster service.
If you have a compliment or concern related to taxis or limousines contact us online through 311.

Submitted by Carissa Vescio, Animal & Bylaw Services

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