There are a few reason why people can’t get taxi during rainy days. Here, as a taxi driver myself, I would like to offer some reasons for the difficulties of getting a taxis.
1) It’s true that some drivers rest during the rain. Why they don’t want to drive have 2 reasons.
I) higher accident rate – penalty of $2000 – $4000 depends on which types of taxi we are driving.
II) can’t see the road given the condition. Myself being the young driver sometime cannot see the road clearly when it’s rain. So how able those older taxi drivers? Wouldn’t it make it worst?
2) Much higher demand for taxi during rainy days. Thus Waiting longer is unavoidable.
3) Taking a passenger from point A to point B takes about 50% to 100% of the normal driving time.
4) If we add all the above together, being number of cabs and passenger equal with normal days, you would need to wait longer for the cabs.
5) Now most taxi companies have centralise signage system. When Hired or On call, there wouldn’t be any call booking coming in. Also, the signage is display by the centralise system not by driver itself. Thus I hoped that people stop saying that we purposely we put the signage on to “Hired” or “On Call”. It’s doesn’t make sense to drive around with these two signage not to earn more.
6) A lot of people don’t take taxi often, thus only it’s rain then take taxi, they doesn’t know how the taxi system works and thus complain they couldn’t get a taxi. Ask a regular taxi taker, and they would tell you how the get the taxi and they know it’s normal during rainy day to slightly difficult to get a taxi and they sometime book in advance.
7) Why we don’t take the street passenger have two reasons:
I) Sometime we can’t see clearly on the side of the street as we need to concentrate on the road.
II) Taking passenger in the lobby or covered shelter will not wet interior of the taxi thus many taxi driver prefer to pick up passenger from the lobby.
After writing so much about difficulties to get a taxi during rainy days, I hoped those complainer/s would put themselves in our shoes and understand the situations.