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The way taxi companies rob their chauffeurs
When you have worsened what you feel is high taxi charges, especially in New York or other big towns, and think that the riders are getting away like outlaws, think again. I' ve asked taxi riders in big towns across the nation about how they get their pay and what they earn, and the dollar can be quite gloomy, except in uncommon cases, or where the taxi authorities raise prices for particular incidents or bigger meteorological issues like the August 27 New York cyclone that never came, but prices were still duplicated.
Taxis usually take debit/credit cards. The Boston firm bills the taxi driver six per cent of total receipts, tip included. It is true that most riders hardly earn a minimal salary and work twelve hours a day to do so. Latest fraud of taxi businesses concerns credentials. Whenever I use my ticket to make payments, the driver asks if I would care to give them money, even though almost every big taxi firm promotes their willingness to do so.
I' m in taxis a bunch and it's a commercial issue, so using my Amex or another map is simply more comfortable, especially for costly travel, like to the JFK Manhattan International Airports. First of all, the cabin operators calculate a percent of the ticket price for the chauffeur in order to be able to handle the tickets.
According to some chauffeurs I have spoken to, this charge can be up to ten per cent. Driver are cheated, but they don't quite get it because they don't know what the taxi company is actually giving their car's processors to do the deal. We are a retailer and accept all common types of payment methods because my customers buy my products by calculating the amount.
Approximately two per cent of all invoices are paid on avarage. Because of the size of their business, I cannot believe that taxi operators have not been able to negotiate even better fares, earning several per cent with unaffordable chauffeurs. On the other nights he hires out his cab to other chauffeurs for $75 to $100 a night.
The driver is in charge of all servicing and insurances, while the driver pays for the petrol. Said that a large overwhelming proportion of driver are immigrant and need the job, so they work like hounds for a minimal salary. There are two ways to pay: either by a percent (usually about one third) of the total cost, or by hiring the taxi on a daily or weekly basis and covering all your petrol bills.
Another issue in the acceptance of credits is, according to many chauffeurs, the late payments by taxi businesses. It can take you up to three whole week to transfer the cash back to the taxi chauffeur I talked to in New York. This means that if you are paying by car, the taxi operator will not receive the cash at the end of the working day, will have to give a bonus to get it and may have to await the taxi operator to get along with him.
My proposal for taxi driver is: get a lawyer and ask them to know what the precise fees are for each type of charge that the taxi business has to make, and then tell the business owner that they are expecting to be charged for what they have made, minus their real outlay.
Taxi operators should be able to support their staff and not impose penalties because their customers choose to use a debit rather than pay in cold sums. My own planet calls it cheating, and if all taxi riders are complaining about it, maybe the company will understand the messages.