Staying in Mumbai for a few days. The local taxis here are fairly priced and more convenient than the gig economy cab aggregator apps. No waiting, no location data harvesting, no surge pricing, paying by cash etc. 😇
The taxi unions of Mumbai have collectively launched their own app called Aamchi Drive, but it doesn't seem very popular or even required here. There are so many black and yellow taxis that you can just raise your hand to hail one passing by.
Have to try a double-decker city bus!
@drango @njoseph I've jumped out of autos in Mumbai twice when they started taking me way off route for whatever purpose. I do find the regular taxis charming, but I've only taken them from the airport, when there's a bit of accountability from the taxi queue receipt. Best incident: black and yellow cab driver picked up a hitch hiking worker that was leaving the airport for the same area as me. 🙂
@bkhl @njoseph Oh! Then you got on a shared taxi. This is basically car pooling in India. These taxi drivers usually wait until the cab is full (with people all going along the same route) before leaving from starting point. It's usually cheaper and environmentally friendly. Good to know! They're good for men, mostly. I take these if there's no other option because India has many penises and in such places they get rubbed against you without your consent.
@drango I'm pretty sure that wasn't it, it was a prepaid one from the airport taxi queue system. When I went to Mumbai frequently, I usually got a "regular" taxi there, since like I said I generally like them, and getting them in that queue should be reasonably safe.
@bkhl Oh wow then that's actually very weird and unusual. Like you said, airport taxis are a pretty standard affair. What a weird guy. But they do this too - picking up random passengers. But not both at the same time. ^^
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