cebu taxi experience

the airport-capitol route is nothing new to me. it's a route i frequent the past few months and i know for sure that taking the ayala access road from reclamation is the shortest and cheapest route. earlier today, the taxi i was in didn't take that option. what's worst, when we got to sm instead of heading straight for ayala, the driver took a turn to take mango avenue. mango avenue - one of the busiest roads around that time.

a few months back, a taxi driver asked for an additional php 30 on the fare after several minutes on the road. of course i disagreed and was about ready to jump out when he explained that's because he couldn't get any passengers from the airport back to the city.  i pitied the old man so i okay-ed.

i'm sensing that the cebu taxi experience is not as easy and safe as it was. are the cebu taxi drivers slowly becoming like their counterparts in manila? or maybe you have good experiences too?

29 comments:

November 9, 2009 at 7:11 AM Guada

ive experienced it too and take note, the taxi driver was very mad at me because i did not give him additional 50 pesos. its not my fault if he cant get any passenger back to the city! aler!?!

November 9, 2009 at 7:37 AM maemaye

some taxi drivers are like that but not all of them though. I have experienced that myself and I'll like to choke them to death for being so grabby. @_@.. iampo nlng gyud nato cla..

November 9, 2009 at 7:38 AM McCoolot.com

some are just taking advantage.... damn those taxi drivers! >_<

November 9, 2009 at 8:30 AM rabsin_d

you should also put yourself to place...if the driver went beyond his border, then you fight for your right... :D

November 9, 2009 at 4:49 PM JAbbeRedONiON

yikes, is this like saying yes to my question?

November 9, 2009 at 9:22 PM Wilhelmina

Actually, taxi drivers who do that are foolish to ask for more. One, the longer they take to drop their passenger off, the more gas the car consumes, therefore causing them more damage than more money. Secondly, it's a crime to ask for more than the reflected amount on the meter and they're mandated by law to provide receipts now. If they ask for more than the amount on the meter, might as well jump ship or inform the driver that you know where to report abusive drivers.

November 10, 2009 at 12:51 AM PinoyApache

Stand on your ground or, perhaps, listen to a voice of a taxi driver here: http://taxidiary.blogspot.com/

November 10, 2009 at 5:45 AM JAbbeRedONiON

@wilhelmina: yeah! kinda dumb right? good thing cebu is now mandating for taxis to give out receipts.

@pinoyapache: thanks for the link. I checked it and some taxi driver we have there...Phd degree holder!

November 11, 2009 at 12:11 PM rigor

My taxi ride experiences aren't entirely bad except for those instances that they do not have change or when they insist on taking a certain route other than what i want them to take.

Some are pretty much conversational and polite.

http://riggymuffingirl.blogspot.com

November 11, 2009 at 6:14 PM JAbbeRedONiON

@rigor: we have taxi drivers that don't give change here in cebu? tsk tsk tsk.

November 12, 2009 at 10:49 AM ceblogger

i don't think the taxi drivers in cebu are that bad. if i take a cab from subangdaku, mandaue to the airport, i set my budget at P130. the meter runs from P110 to 125. no one has ever asked me for extra yet, so i give them P130.

but there are drivers who rig their meters. i encountered a few. one thing is common, CTC. and i don't know why their cabs' meters ran faster than the others. take one of my usual routes for example, on normal taxis, it's P55, if holiday, it's P57.50, if CTC P62.50. I can still take those. But there were two or three instances when the meter shoots up to P75.

but the yellow taxis are worse. P70 on a flag down? i don't think they will last long in cebu.

November 12, 2009 at 1:08 PM JAbbeRedONiON

@ceblogger: i'm sure there are more good than bad ones. that's why i was expecting those instead of crappy stories like i had.

as for the yellow taxis, at least i already know flag down is high so i know i won't be using them. compared to the ordinary ones that'll catch you by surprise!

November 23, 2009 at 5:45 AM Technologian

When I am assigned on graveyard shift, I normally take taxi from South Terminal bound for MEPZ... Knowing different taxi modus operandis here in Cebu, I have to prepare Php130 for my fare so I would not find any trouble when it comes to the "change"... What I normally practiced (my suggestion also), take a taxi operated by big and reliable operators... Ken Taxi, Tiger, Spider and Scorpion, etc... I also hate drivers asking for "add-ons" due to traffic issues, but sometimes I really feel pity for them...lol

November 23, 2009 at 6:43 AM JAbbeRedONiON

@technologian: yeah that's a good suggestion. i used to do that too. i have spider taxi's number. i used to be a holiday taxi fan but somebody told me it's also unreliable. :(

December 28, 2009 at 3:07 PM youknowyouloveme

i always give a tip if the driver isn't whiny and not asking for an additional whatever amount...

you know, if i were a taxi driver i would totally play it cool and be kind and considerate and just do a decent job driving people around.... i know i'll get better tips for being a good taxi driver than being a thieving and manipulative asshole! and you don't need a college degree for that!

June 9, 2010 at 3:53 AM Anonymous

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taxi driver..
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September 10, 2010 at 1:18 AM Casino Online

The first time I went to Cebu, I didn't take taxi within the Airport compound. I went out to get one, LOL

September 10, 2010 at 2:19 PM machine a sous

Thanks for bringing this up. Do someone has the number of Ken Taxi, Tiger, Spider and Scorpion taxi?

September 11, 2010 at 11:57 PM JAbbeRedONiON

@machine a sous: i used to be a fan of spider/scorpion taxi. couldn't remember any bad experience with them, it's just that i don't take a cab no more.

their number 0322551319

September 12, 2010 at 10:26 AM machine a sous

@JAbbeRedONiON: That's nice to hear. So it's Spider's taxi? Tnx so much for the help.

September 12, 2010 at 10:37 AM poker en ligne

All Cebu taxi so far are better than Manila's. No old taxi's can be found, seems all new taxis.

September 19, 2010 at 7:31 AM JAbbeRedONiON

@poker en ligne: that is true though. ;-) there used to be some but i guess there was a city ordinance that took care of those. if you notice, all cabs in cebu are painted white.

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September 25, 2010 at 3:40 PM casino online

@JAbbeRedONiON: that's good that city is taking action to maintain it's city transpo

September 30, 2010 at 12:22 PM online casino uk

Yes, I think they are starting to. But still, unlike those from Manila.

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June 26, 2011 at 4:08 AM bforex

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