Taxi Driver Does Pay What You Want... And It Works

from the funny-that... dept

We recently wrote about successful taxi cab operators offering free service in Tampa, Florida (pissing off existing cab companies), and it appears that the idea is spreading somewhat. Matt Cruse alerts us to a story in Essex, Vermont, involving a guy offering "pay what you want" taxi rides, and finding that people are always willing to pay a reasonable rate. Now, I'll admit that I'm not a huge fan of "pay what you want" models, which seem more like give it away and pray, rather than having a real business model worked out (which makes me wonder if it's sustainable long term). But, in the meantime, it's certainly yet another example that "free," can be a useful tool as a part of a business model.
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    Alan Gerow (profile), 6 Aug 2009 @ 3:28pm

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    "Did you know that in many states, taxis are just ordinary street cars without special licenses or other requirements to be on the road, but do require a special "permit license" from the city/ county / state / whatever to operate?"

    But I mentioned specifically FLORIDA's taxi licensing requirements which is reference to the first link with the free taxi, which I cross-referenced with another story involving someone being arrested for giving someone a ride and asking for $5 when pressed. Which has nothing to do with any of those other states. So, talk all you want about other places, because that's the point ... I wasn't.

    If you want to get back to the point instead of trying to talk me into a corner by arguing about other places than the one I was speaking to, feel free to go on, but since I've been addressing a single state, I will continue to do so and ignore all your other irrelevant chatter about other places.

    "Did you know that in many places, taxis are subject to much stricter mandatory inspections than street cars?"

    Those states don't matter, because I was talking about Florida, where one of the people mentioned in the article was running a free taxi service. And it seems irrelevant anyway, as the regular motor vehicle will need to pass inspections to be street legal ... why would greater inspections be required for a passenger that gives the driver a couple dollars over a friend sitting in the back-seat?

    "Did you know that normal liablity insurance isn't enough to cover liablity for operating a taxi?"

    While Florida does have increased insurance requirements for taxis, I don't necessarily think it's a good thing. So, insurance is still required to operate a motor vehicle that would cover liability for operating a car ... it's less than if specified as a taxi, which I don't think is a bad thing. So, I see it as a big deal as insurance is still required ... it's just not as high. If my friend in back-seat is going to be covered by insurance in case of an accident, I don't see why anything different needs to be applied to a passenger giving the driver a couple bucks voluntarily.

    So those "pesky things" still exist whether or not this person has a taxi license.

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