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Last updated on July 23rd, 2017 at 10:39 am

Adrian the cabbie sends a note:

Currently cabbies are getting shafted at Sydney airport by hire car drivers illegally touting for fares. As a result many cabbies are refusing to go near the joint. Now the TDA is collecting evidence to force the MOT to act. On which I’ve just posted a request for readers to report on such experiences.

Hasn’t happened to me yet, but if you’ve got an airport taxi tale to tell, drop by Adrian’s site and reveal all.

Posted by Tim B. on 08/23/2005 at 08:56 PM
    1. I’ve twice been touted by Asian (one I know was Chinese) drivers early morning in the Melbourne CBD. One time was NYE a few years back and we took the lift, was quite convenient really and the price was comparable with a cab fare, and cabs were scarce at that time. The driver was middle-aged in a fairly new medium sedan and his wife/partner was with him. Then another time we were offered but didn’t like the price. It’s probably not so suprising that Asians would be up to these tricks given that back in their homelands taxis will often come in regulated and unregulated forms, and they do seem to have a keeness for cash-in-hand income.

      Posted by HC44 on 2005 08 23 at 11:08 PM • permalink


    1. I have an almost obsessive “keeness for cash-in-hand income” myself, and my eyes are as round as can be.

      Speaking from open-minded ignorance, how much of an argument is there against just letting the market take its course?

      Posted by P. Froward on 2005 08 23 at 11:22 PM • permalink


    1. Do you also drive around the city early in the morning looking to sell lifts to strangers PF? For some reason the only two that I have seen doing so were Asian, I guess that was just chance though of course every other nationality must also be in the game in their respective proportions because there’s no such thing as a racial generalisation.

      Posted by HC44 on 2005 08 24 at 12:12 AM • permalink


    1. The number of cabs in Canberra is kept artificially low by the government (there’s also only one cab company) so at busy times, there’s always a queue of about 50 people waiting for cabs at the airport. They usually try to bully you into sharing cabs with other passengers (which has worked out being more expensive more time-consuming for me).

      Last time I saw a queue at the airport, I ended up taking a hire car. There was no waiting, the car was clean, the driver extremely courteous and the fare was only a few dollars more than a cab.

      That said, I’ve never had a bad experience with cabbies in Sydney.

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2005 08 24 at 12:23 AM • permalink


    1. Last time i caught a cab from Sydney Airport I asked the cabbie to take me to Rosehill Racecource. A blank look was all I got, so I had to get out the street guide and direct the cabbie to Rosehill.

      The chances of me me doing anything for Sydney cabbies is a number so close to zero it is zero.

      Posted by jpaulg on 2005 08 24 at 12:26 AM • permalink


    1. Surely if “many cabbies are refusing to go near the joint”, people will come to rely on the illegal cars?

      Posted by Lizzie on 2005 08 24 at 01:49 AM • permalink


    1. Hooray for Asian Cabbies.

      To Sydney Cabbies “Do a good job, or someone else will.”

      Posted by Rob Read on 2005 08 24 at 06:07 AM • permalink


    1. racecource?

      Posted by crash on 2005 08 24 at 09:10 AM • permalink


    1. #2 [I have an almost obsessive “keeness for cash-in-hand income” myself, and my eyes are as round as can be.]

      Quite right… me too.

      I have never heard a valid argument against just letting the market take its course.

      My primary source of economic knowledge: Ludwig Von Mises.

      Posted by Franklin on 2005 08 24 at 10:07 AM • permalink


    1. live in melbourne & got a 9am in sydney? get up at 5am & catch an early flight, because at 8.15 there’ll be a line of 50 to 100 angry people waiting for cabs driven by drivers with no idea of where, say, pitt street, unsw, sydney uni or the raging bushfire in their back pocket are

      Posted by KK on 2005 08 24 at 10:52 AM • permalink


    1. Wow, this is just horrible. People coming out of the airport in Sydney trying to hire cabs are actually tricked into hiring cars?

      Oh my god. And to think we’ve been wasting resources on terrorism! Where are our priorities?

      Posted by tim maguire on 2005 08 24 at 11:34 AM • permalink


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