Here are a few interesting facts about taxis and taxi services from around
the world, so you can impress your family, friends, or even the next taxi
driver you should meet!
- The name taxi comes from the taximeter, the instrument that measures
the distance travelled, or time taken, to determine an accurate fare. The
taximeter was invented in 1891 by German Wilhelm Bruhn.
- A hackney carriage was originally a carriage drawn by an ambling
horse or mare, but the name is now synonymous with a taxi, particularly
London’s black cabs. The English capital’s last horse drawn
carriage received its licence in 1946 (and surrendered it in 1947), although
some other licensing authorities, such as York, still license horse drawn
- In Morocco small taxis available in major towns are metered according
to the distance crossed during the journey, while other larger taxis
are used for travelling to areas outside towns, and can be shared between
- In 1999 241 million passengers travelled in New York taxicabs, while
in 2000 the total taxi fares paid in New York City was more than 1 billion
- Today there are around 13,000 New York taxicabs and the average
number of rides during one 12-hour shift is 30.
- In 1986 there were 19,000 taxi drivers and 14,000 cabs in London.
By 1996 this had increased to 22,000 licensed drivers and 17,000 licensed
- Gas-powered, meter-equipped taxis began operating in Paris in
1899, in London in 1903, and in New York in 1907.
- Two-way radios first appeared in taxicabs in the 1940s allowing
taxi drivers and dispatch offices to speak to each other and therefore serve
customers more effectively.