Report Abusive Taxi Drivers / Commend Awesome Taxi Drivers in the Philippines

Report Abusive Taxi Drivers / Commend Awesome Taxi Drivers in the Philippines -- Over the past years or so, issues concerning taxi drivers have been very rampant, to the extent that in almost every thoroughfare of Metro Manila, abusive and opportunistic taxi drivers swarm day and night. If you are a resident of this Metropolitan or at least, living here for quite sometime already, you exactly know what I mean by saying, selective or choosy taxi drivers. It is so disappointing to rush to a certain destination when upon flagging a taxi unit, the driver's immediate questions are, "Where do you want to go?" followed by "How much would you pay?".

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But almost always, if you are the kind of commuter who does not want to argue in the middle of the road, you would just succumb to the driver's witty tactic and agree to pay a certain amount for a certain point of destination. That verbal  arrangement happening in between is seemingly hard to avoid. To those who does not want to spark a heated discussion, the best immediate option is to agree with the driver's demand.

Sadly, this attitude makes the situation worse. The exploiting taxi drivers gain confidence and assurance that instant money is that easy to get, specially from a passenger who does not seem to care about the long term effects of paying a verbally contracted fare to the whole transport system and the greater riding population.

Although there have been related programs spearheaded by the concerned government line agencies of the country, some of them were only functional within its initial stages. The efforts, together with the determination to really continue and abide by it religiously, fade so easily. For one, I don't know what had happened to one initiative called "Oplan Isnabero against abusive taxi drivers". It was implemented sometime in December of 2010. With all its glorious intentions  and purposes, abusive taxi drivers still ply within and around the very heart of Metro Manila.
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If you ask me what could be the reasons are, I would say, they are rather very complex and sensitive to discuss. However, for the sake of grasping the breadth of the situation, you may start from the fact that so far, there is no unified and reliable system that can really control the above mentioned issues. This starts from the very basic requirement of establishing and running a control system - authentic integrated database. The absence of which makes it even harder to plan and monitor any mitigation measures and even ordinances. Don't bother taking it into the higher ladder of laws, it's even worse up there.

This issue maybe overwhelming and is going chronic as time pass by but looking at the available technologies and tools around, there are still hopes to look forward. With that, a couple of simple yet direct to the point online tools where a riding public may report erring taxi drivers or commend good ones, are out there for your ready disposal. Kudos to the efforts exerted by the makers of Taxikick and Taxikiss.

TAXIKICK;
is a simple tool that allows passengers to report a taxi driver in the Philippines.
An erring taxi driver will be reported via an online form, where its pertinent data will be forwarded to the Philippine's Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board or LTFRB. The form asks for the following items:
  • Plate Number *
  • Violation *
  • Incident date
  • Incident location
  • Taxi Name
  • Comments

You can follow the news and updates of Taxikick via its Facebook page and Twitter.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/taxikick
Twitter: twitter.com/taxikick

While TAXIKISS is used to;
Commend awesome taxi drivers in the Philippines.
If there is a portal to report misbehaving taxi drivers, there is also the other side of the scale - Taxikiss. The form will gather the following items for the entry report:
  • Plate number
  • Commendations (items to choose available)
  • Taxi Name
  • Name of Driver
  • Comments
  • Name (reporter)
directory taxi drivers

 Here is a Google document, containing the Taxikiss.com reports:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Ai4KmPHsK-wPdEk0LWZuMHc2dzJTSGpfSHlPX2p4bnc&output=html

Follow Taxikiss news and updates using the following social media pages:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/taxikiss
Twitter: twitter.com/taxikiss/

Best of luck to the two (2) great tools above. May we have a fruitful campaign in reporting erring taxi drivers in the Philippines, while at the same time, commending the awesome ones. Really, we could use an established taxi drivers directory for our daily commuting in our very busy urban roads here in the capital region and other regions as well.

14 comments:

  1. Nice app! This will really be helpful to make the taxi drivers more disciplined!

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  2. Saw this one on the TV and the people behind the site really did a good job.

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  3. This is a great article - great information for travelers. We were in different areas last fall - not the Philippines - but still the taxi service was crazy!

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  4. Herbert,
    I do hope that the items being reported will really get the necessary actions from the tasked government agency. only then we can give justice to these great initiatives made for the improvement of our public transportation.

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  5. Hi VanNuys Media,
    Thanks for dropping by. I think issues with taxis are quite alarming specially in the developing countries.

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  6. this is good enough to teach abusive taxi drivers a lesson, though not everyone of them are abusive, i salute those who are willing to help people caught in vehicular accidents even without pay, i happen to see one, i just wasn't able to get his name.

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  7. Good thing you bring this link up again buddy, I just reported an arrogant driver a while ago :)

    Thanks

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  8. that is why I am afraid to go to Manila because taxi drivers are bad(some are good though :-)) I really wanted to explore the city but doing that without somebody that lives familiar in the city is not a good thing. Great article and tip too :-) will keep this mind :-)

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  9. Gone are the days when trust is given more value than money. :/ I remember riding a taxi to the hospital because my son has asthma attacks, the driver said this and that and that and took us at the lung center. Having been gone for years I can't remember the places well and I found out that another hospital is nearer where we were, specializing too on kids with asthma...had my son got complications I would have gone wild in the Manila jungle... :P

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  10. This is very helpful to everyone riding cabs. It's easier to provide feedback now.

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing about this! I often ride taxis to and from Malabon, and I've come across abusive cab drivers already na grabe kung managa. But luckily, I've met drivers who are commendable.. :) Will definitely try TaxiKick and TaxiKiss on my next cab ride ^^

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  12. There's a LOT of abusive cab drivers out there. And it's really quite stressful.

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  13. Quite a good service to the public. Here's hoping everyone behaves properly - taxi drivers and riding public alike. Sometimes taxi drivers will only take advantage of passengers who will let them. Personally I have never had a negative experience with taxi drivers (and I hope I never will). Polite talk, civil behavior and enough knowledge to negotiate my way to my destination probably worked.

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  14. First time to hear this. Hope this will encourage drivers and passengers. Report what should be reported and commend when credit is due. Nice app!

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