Malaysia has world's worst cabbies
Posted 11 March 2009 - 04:39 AM
Open Road which is the organ of the NRMA Motoring body in New South Wales, has an article in its latest issue.
Apparently a survey of 200 foreigners from 30 countries conducted in Malaysia by The Expat magazine concluded that Malaysia's cab service rated as the world's worst- inferior to that of both Indonesia and Thailand.
One of the main gripes is the basic refusal to use the meter and to offer a flat fee instead- then charging double what the meter would have run.
There's no mention in the article about running under-sized tyres, using late-night tariffs during daylight hours, taking the "scenic route" and so on- which are often cited as being major issues in places like China and Vietnam.
Posted 11 March 2009 - 05:00 AM
Posted 11 March 2009 - 05:07 AM
I had a gig as a casual cabbie in Sydney about 15 years back. There was a story going around about some out-of-towners getting into a cab at Circular Quay wanting to go to the Opera House (a five-minute walk away, had they known) and ending up 10 Km away by road in Kings Cross with 15 bucks on the meter!
Posted 11 March 2009 - 05:09 AM
Jakarta is another story. People who I tend to believe have told me that the taxi drivers there pose a real threat to their passengers. All except the Blue Bird group - as long as you stick to them you'll be OK.
I personally think taxis are much worse in some major American cities than in Malaysia. The Boston taxi drivers are masters of taking the scenic route, getting stuck in traffic, etc., to run up the fare. There's no small talk with the passengers either.
Posted 11 March 2009 - 05:35 AM
These days, I find them to be much better maintained (generally speaking) and recently, I've noticed a lot of brand new vehicles, even with meters that give you a printed receipt.
Posted 11 March 2009 - 05:58 AM
We've got a car.
Posted 11 March 2009 - 07:39 AM
I wouldn't put them top of my list, Moscow cabbies take some beating, and Bangkok taxis are also likely to decline the fare if the traffic's bad.
Regarding Jakarta, confirmed, stick to the Blue Bird taxis, they're very good, new reliable vehicles and they use the meter, no funny business. Silver Bird is limo part of the same group.
Posted 11 March 2009 - 12:05 PM
Like you, my own experiences with cabs in Malaysia have basically been positive. I hopped into a cab on the northern side of KL to get back to Chinatown as it was late and I was Jatz crackered. The driver was an Indian and we chatted away in English after I'd suitably impressed him (tongue in cheek here!) with my 100 words of Malay and one greeting in Tamil. I mentioned the issue of the meter and he said he always ran his and even gave a quick quote on the fare for good measure. And he was pretty close to the mark, and went basically the shortest route as far as I was aware.
The only problem I can remember was trying to get a driver to get me to my hotel from KL railway station and he got muddled up by the changing to one-way thoroughfares and so on of several streets in Chinatown, and seeing as it was two years since my last visit I was of no help. But seeing as it was from the station where cab fares are pre-paid and you take the next cab off the rank and hand him your voucher (or at least they were at that stage), I wasn't overly concerned about it.
Also shared a long haul cab from Kuantan up to Rantau Abang with two Canadian lasses. The girls struck a deal with the driver on the fare despite their non-existent Malay and his very limited English (this was back in 1991) and off we went. Our only surprise was him pulling off the road and stopping, then he shot out of the car. I saw him trot into a mosque for evening prayers, and he soon popped out as cheery as you please and we were back on our way.
I suppose it's all in the way you treat people, really. You sound like you treat people with respect, Puteh, so you get it in return by them not overtly trying to rip you off. Cut a rod for your own back by acting like a dick, and you'll surely get beaten with it.
Posted 13 March 2009 - 12:20 AM
Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:21 AM
Posted 26 April 2012 - 11:01 AM
In Malaysia there is not so much public traffic available due to little population and because many Malaysians have a car or at least a motorcycle, and it is often necessary to use a taxi, for short routes as well as for long distance routes.
I have not been in Malaysia since a few years already, but I cannot complain.
I do not remember any dispute with a taxi in Malaysia.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 11:31 AM
WTF!! Only RM1000 fine? He should be stripped off his driving license permanently!!
In Malaysia there is not so much public traffic available due to little population and because many Malaysians have a car or at least a motorcycle....
Posted 26 April 2012 - 02:34 PM
My impression was always, there are not so many people living in Malaysia, it's for sure not overpopulated. To run services with large buses for a low fare is not lucrative. Not enough people will use them.
If you read back my postings regarding Malaysia in this forum, I always said when replying to retirement visa and similar threads, that you must drive your own car. Regardless where you go..
On the other side, Malaysia has very good streets - not only the highways, but also ordinary connection roads are all in good condition.
Posted 08 October 2012 - 04:44 PM
For example from all what I have seen in my life, the worst taxi-drivers are in Istanbul.
But Istanbul is not mentioned.
Posted 10 October 2012 - 04:31 AM
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