Grand Taxi

Big Taxi

In Morocco there are two main types of taxis: petits taxis; grands taxis. I was looking for information about sharing a seat in a large taxi to travel from Marrakech to Essayira.

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In Morocco there are two major taxi types: Morrocan towns have special taxi services for transportation within the town boundaries. Though some of the biggest towns run bus services, most locals still favour a small taxi for point-to-point traffic within the town boundaries. The small taxi is a smaller scale vehicle varnished in the colour indicated, which varies from town to town.

Often in combination with a large taxi stop, there are small taxi stations where these cabs can be parked and waited for people. In most cases, however, clients will indicate or call for a taxi when an empty one comes by. Taxi services in bustling towns like Casablanca or Marrakech are usually more costly than in a town like Nador.

In order to avoid the misuse of (mainly) alien tourism by chauffeurs, some towns need a small taxi to use a counter. Information leaflets recommend travellers to demand the use of the counter or to arrange a flat rate in beforehand. Small Fiat Uno, Peugeot 205 and similarly large Fiat petrol cabs use diesels as fuels.

However, some newer cars, especially Dacia Logans (which are made in Morocco ), can be seen regular. However, since the velocity within the urban boundaries is never high, this approach does not result in many crashes. Pages of this carrier are also the place where the small taxi is marked together with the locale number plate.

Small colored taxi in the centre of the small town of Titouan, Morocco. While petit cabs are only intended for urban use, grand cabs are mainly used for city-to-city or village use. Usually a large taxi is a community vehicle: many large taxi cabs congregate at the major taxi booths. It' s a kind of sharing taxi system, but without schedules or state interference.

Every taxi drives a more or less determined itinerary to a certain place and all those who are looking for a transportation to this place or somewhere along the used itinerary are sharing a big taxi. If the taxi is full (maximum 4 persons in the back and 2 in the front), he leaves.

A lot of travellers would rather rent a full taxi and make a deal before leaving. Grand cabs are almost entirely older Mercedes-Benz W123 saloons with compression -ignition gas. Opel Senators act as large taxi in some extreme uncommon cases. Grand cabs from the same area must all varnish their cars in the same colour; often ocher, oak or olivgr├╝n.

As a rule, the colours of grand cabs from one and the same locality differ from those of petit cabs from the same locality, but in Marrakech both are auburn. Little signs in front and/or on the back indicate the place of birth and a mark. From the beginning of 2015, the Grand Taxi was mainly replaced by the Dacia Lodgy, SsangYong Rodius (2nd generation), Mercedes Vito and other 7-seater transporters.

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