Category called taxi – Car-Motor

A screaming squeak scared the conversation by the window. There was a sudden silence in the room, a frozen silence waiting for a big click.
“Ah, nothing,” someone interrupted, “it’s okay, there must have been a taxi.”
And indeed, those who leaned out the window could still see the checkered-sided Lada moving away. Since the incident, we’ve been watching for scary brake squeaks, wheel-pulling turns, rough accelerations, and when we look there, we all too often see a taxi ruffling the nerves of people in the area.

György Gavacs

– The number of taxi drivers has tripled in ten years. We have had and still have a lot of trouble selecting the right leaders, but our persistent rigor already has the results. – This is already said by György Gavacs, the traffic and economic director of the Budapest Car Taxi Company, we are talking to him about the special car category, which is called a taxi driver.
– Who can be a taxi driver?
– 4800 of our six thousand drivers have a full-time job If someone wants to work for us, in addition to the conditions of the usual driver’s employment, we require me to take a home examination in driving and local knowledge. Whoever meets will be put in a car in 7-8 days. Most can only go out on the market after a longer or shorter garage service. After all, it reveals how it stands its ground against motorists and passengers.
The average age of the leaders is 30 years, and their youth is coupled with the agility of the Ladas. Our company works on the streets, a city of two million witnesses our production, our scrapping, the good or bad behavior of our leaders.
“A city of two million usually doesn’t have a very good opinion of taxi drivers.
“We know, and we’re making every effort to change the image of taxi drivers. We also know that prejudices change slowly, we have to prove it for a long time and reliably, we don’t serve bad remarks. That is why we have established the Corporate Road Safety Council since 1978. Thanks to the work of this council, the number of accidents involving personal injuries caused by taxis has fallen by 40 per cent this year. We are proud of the improvement, but we are still not satisfied. We have almost a password that an accident is a lot. In 1978, we had 5,842 road incidents, of which 1,752 were due to our fault. A year earlier, we caused another 2244, which means that after a long time we finally achieved a decrease, a significant decrease. And to that comes a 40 percent improvement this year.
“Last year, almost every one of our leaders had an incident, and a third caused it.
– It’s true. It gives a more realistic picture if we analyze the numbers per million kilometers. Over the past 8 years, that number has dropped nearly 40 percent. Last year, 8.71 road accidents due to its own fault reached 1 million kilometers.
But no matter how we look at the indicators, our most important task is to further improve security. Drivers who are involved in several accidents will be examined by experts from the Institute of Occupational Psychology of the Post Office and will be told if they are suitable for driving a car, including taxiing.
It also improves safety in the taxi with a mandatory seat belt, and it is also beneficial to gradually replace the old ones with radial tires. Our company is also prepared to retread radial tires. We mount a mirror on the right side of the station wagons. We repair the Lada ourselves, in addition to speed, it also means security that our own specialists are responsible for the condition of the cars.
We have developed a counter called Vaspax to prevent speeding. It’s like a taxi clock, only counting just when the pace is above 70. At this point, a light will also flash, warning the driver. The other part of it has been recording the seconds driven over 80 and making a sound in the meantime. The experiments are now over, and next year we will be installing Vaspax in every taxi. The disciplinary policy will be amended to take into account the device numbers. After a certain score, we dismiss the notary speeders.
– On our other reporting trips, we often found that taxi drivers helped the work of the police and ambulances.
– It means a lot that our 800 cars have VHF devices. We also use it for accident prevention, informing drivers about dangerous situations, frost and road errors. The drivers also have a lot to tell the center as they tour the entire city. Our report is about broken lights, crimes, malaise, accidents, or other meaningless or missing signals. We will notify the competent authorities immediately. Every year, more than five thousand people help the peaceful, safe life of Budapest. When it comes to taxi drivers, this should not be forgotten either.
– Is it good to be a taxi driver in Budapest now?
“If someone wants to get rich easily and quickly and that’s why they come to the taxi, they don’t. But if a long-term-minded person chooses this job, I feel not disappointed.
We know that security offenders are punished more severely by our company than others. We don’t even want to change that, because we can only regain our good news by filtering out this two-percent rude, disgusting leader or by having better insight.

F.A.


Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.

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