Than the Japanese taxi is remarkable?
In the big megalopolis of people use various vehicles, whether it be own car or public transport. Often there is a need to overcome long distances for a short time and very big help in such cases is the taxi. Today there is a wish to tell you about the Japanese taxi.
His predecessor is kago - the basket hanging on a crossbeam. Two porters transferred in it anyone who could pay for this service: whether it be wealthy mister or commoner.
Then they were replaced a rickshaw, and in the second decade of the 20th century the first cars appeared. And only one more decade later service of a taxi gained mass distribution.
The first taxi carried the name “ Yens - to a tak “ which it received for the fact that transportation of passengers in the city cost only one yen. For comparison, today`s rate makes 710 yens.
In the forties the last century in Tokyo four large companies which transported inhabitants and city visitors worked. These companies are large players to this day. But today the number of the firms having the taxi pool, much more: about 450 - ti with a taxi pool in 37 000 cars. Still a taxi private owners have plus: these are about 19 000 more cars.
Cars of private carriers are equipped with the Japanese small lamp chyotin which is established on a roof of the car. The companies - carriers also designate the cars various signs and place on them advertizing.
The Japanese vehicle fleet consists generally of cars of own production, such as Toyota and Nissan. Practically all Japanese taxi work at natural gas.
On a windshield of the Japanese taxi the electronic board on which the hieroglyph is highlighted is located, notifying the status: it is free, reserved, goes to meet the passenger.
At night, usually from 22 evenings to 5 o`clock in the morning, the tariff for transportation increases, and at this time the electronic board is precautionary informs on increase of fare. However the raised tariff can be declared by the driver and under bad weather conditions which, it is necessary to recognize, on islands can be rather frightening.
If you caught the Japanese taxi, then it is worth knowing that for passengers back seats are provided. Even if the client will be one, the driver all the same will open for him a back door. And it carries out opening and closing of a door by means of a special mechanical rychazhk.
From a passenger seat will be interesting to see all devices which are available in the car. So, near a speedometer the tachometer, the navigator, GPS, a radio communication, the trip cost counter, and also the special device which issues the check settles down. Right there is a terminal accepting for payment credit cards and electronic money.
Still there is an alternative payment method for a trip - it is special tickets which are acquired in advance (a peculiar travel card). Most often the companies whose employees constantly use services of a taxi for a business trip, and also in case of return from work far zapolnoch use such tickets.
Without fail in a visible place you will find the business card in which information on the company - the carrier and about the driver who you is lucky is specified in salon. You can take this business card with yourself that then if suddenly you forget something, could contact the company or the driver.
One more interesting equipment of a taxi is the peculiar black box (chamber) fixing traffic, more precisely, those unusual situations which arise on city streets during a trip (for example, sharp braking).
But It should be noted that the Japanese taxi is not considered a safe type of transport. Statistically, accidents happen to a taxi eight times more often in comparison with the regular car.
To us is to what much to learn from residents of the Land of the rising sun. Here and the modern Japanese taxi is the next miracle for the simple Russian citizen. The brightest contrast - the private carrier on the beaten car of a domestic production where GPS - the navigator often is the passenger.