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Taxi Mania

Taxi Mania

…I was panning taxis as a wandered down Broadway between 125th and 108th street. I took these on two separate days, but neither day had too much sun. Out of the mass of taxi pans I like this one the best. It gives some sense of the the crowded city and the Crown Victoria is crisp. I will try to take some of these in more crowded areas of the city like Times Square…stay tuned 🙂

the rest is me ranting on about taxi choice and regulation in the taxi industry…


I like the comment below. First, there are lots of cabs here so posting lots is fitting. Also it reflects the changing vehicle choice. In 2006 90% of cabs were Ford Crown Victorias. This car is based on a 1979 design, sports an inefficient V8 engine and handles like a boat. I was surprised that Toyota Sienna minivans have captured (in 2006) 10% of the market. Now I think they have an even larger share (there are also several Honda Odesseys).

However, bigger changes are coming. By 2013 all NYC cabs need to get better than 30 mpg. That means hybrids and hybrids are especially economical in city traffic. So the last two pans are hybrids; a Toyota Highlander and a Ford Escape. I’ve also spotted a Toyota Prius.

…New York city is full of taxis. There are just about 13000 medallion cabs in all. They are all yellow (well a orange-like yellow). Ever wonder why? Bascially the industry is heavily regulated. The government restricts the numbers of medallions (cabs that can circulate). As a consequence medallions are extremely valuable.

Restricting competition (cabs charge the same rates and there is essentially only one company) helps drivers right? Acutally it doesn’t. There is a large supply of drivers (they compete and drive down cabbie wages) so the guys that benefit from the government regulation are the medallion owners. Consumers are the main losers.

I said heavily regulated. The government specifies the cars that can be used, the types of floor mats you can have, how old the car can be (not over 4 years – so most taxis are run 24-7), how much legroom the cab must have, whether the cab has a CC machine, a GPS etc. etc. Why this need to overregulate the cab industry? Is NYC a special case? No Arlington, Virginia has figured out that it needs exactly 666 cabs. How did this number come up? From a Soviet-style central planner no doubt. Even Madison is in on the game (and Madison actually has a competent local government). They restrict entry to only 3 companies. These companies in return charge significantly higher fares than NYC cabbies. Why? Go figure. Cartels are good for business.

Posted by Mazda6 (Tor) on 2007-10-01 22:56:26

Tagged: , taxi , cab , crown , victoria , yellow , v8 , power , car , auto , pan , panning , nyc , new , york , city …

Rent a Luxury Car and Enjoy Your Road Trip

As the time is proceeding continuously, several changes have occurred. With this stream, the traveling also flows. Within the few years, it has been considered as the leisure more than the requisite. Either you are intending to depart for the hill station to spend the vacation or going to your relative’s place, you must need a conveyance. Car rental is the most favorable alternative to choose for going far. No worries for changing the vehicle at the halts! No annoyance of carrying the luggage! Even, you don’t have to make the adjustment with the outsiders, as in the public transports. Basically, you will be free from many obstacles after hiring the car.

Who doesn’t want to travel in the luxury cars? Fortunately, if you are getting this chance of renting them, then there is no harm in it. Grab this opportunity and relish your trip. Moreover, renting a luxury car adds the class and style to your journey. At the same jiffy, the affordable and convenience factors are also included. This is the reason that the luxury cars are becoming more famous day-by-day.

Include the Luxury Cars in your Road Trip

No need to look for the chauffeur that will follow the route that is pre-fixed at the time of the contract! Rent a car and disappear!

Nothing can beat this feel to have your own luxury car whilst on the tour. You have the full freedom to take the halts wherever you desire. Click the snaps of the beautiful green lands, mountains, the glittering sky, different persons and you! An unparalleled idea to spend your holidays! No chance to skip any of the destinations that have come along your way! Precisely, if the start is good, then the entire journey will make you smile.

Sitting in the luxury car will not only give you the feeling of class, but the onlookers also get stunned to view your vehicle. Not everyone can afford to ride a luxury car. You are the one! You are lucky enough to get this golden chance. So, enjoy it with your heart and soul. However, make sure to check your luxury car properly, before hiring to avoid the latter problems.

Car Rental Companies

To sort out the best company, create the checklist of the companies and then start classifying according to your needs. Check the terms and conditions and compare them with your requirements. As soon as you have got the right match, tap on it! Even, these companies will also lend you a hand in picking the right deal, according to your specifications and hence you can find the right choice. Incorporating the right company will help you save your cost and allow you to spend in your journey for recreation.

So, get your car fueled completely and get set go!…