Friday, March 2, 2012
Cab Driving in China 2012: Part 2
As you can see from the photo, cab driving in Guangzhou China is dangerous. As to how dangerous is hard to verify. All I came across on the internet was a scholarly work on motorcycle taxi robberies and the best answer to a strange question.
The only people who have guns in China are the military so the shields are designed only to stop assaults or knife attacks and the plexiglas is not continuous.
In any case, it's hard to get statistics on the subject. The best general reference to violence against cab drivers that I've come across remains Charles Rathbone's Taxi Library and he doesn't know much about China either.
The Chinese drivers I've talked with hadn't been robbed and most work under various kinds of leasing arrangements. The quality of their lives appears to be similar to that of non-medallion holding drivers in San Francisco. In other words, they can eat out but not at starred restaurants.
Cameras in Taxis
Then again - cabs might be only place in China where the conversations of travelers are not recorded.
It appears that, instead of China becoming more democratic, the US government is becoming more like China's.
Maybe Barry is right. Maybe the inside of a taxi is the last bastion of freedom.
Cabs in China do not take credit cards. In fact, many places in China don't take credit cards because some Chinese are very good at forging them. Bank or ATM cards are much more widely accepted.
Taxis in Guangzhou accept transit cards which are also used for buses and the subway. Cab drivers pay no fees for their use.
Is such a thing possible here?