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Old 9th April 2005, 07:37   #16
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A Mumbai taxi is like a snowflake - no two are ever the same!
NAVI MUMBAI-PANAVEL-BHYANDER. ESSELWORLD...Bold type cut outs on rear screen. What do they mean? Something like they're proper city cabs and also have the licence to go to greater Mumbai?
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the cabies are truly a pain... if you ever noticed the way they drive - they will lean on the door and with one hand streching outside and merilly doing 30km/h in the right lane.

but there are a few guys who are really great drivers, you have to give it to them. once i was comming from town to andheri during rush hour, and that day the traffic was really bad, bumper to bumper all the way till the w.e highway and this chap after some encouragement from me drove me from fountain to andheri in almost an hour... comparing this to my driver(really experienced) took around 2 hours that same day with a santro. this guy wa driving all over the roads, over the footpath, the wrong side etc and it was a fun ride home.

and once this cabs accelerator wire snapped off... no problemo the guy gets out races the engine disconnects the wire completely (atleast i saw him do just this) and off we were from haji ali to andheri... without an accelerator... the only thing working was probably the steering and the brakes... some story
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first thing- its a brilliant topic. you know if u go to think of it thesebabbies and auto guys are now a part and parcel of our lives . if you dont have an argument with one in a day your day seems incomplete. its just something we have to live with . i love the way each one tries to 'decorate ' his cab by putting stickers , lights and those 'dhinchak' music systems which give nothing but bass.
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Rtech, would you still be complaining if our taxi stands looked like this?



If these were our taxis, Dippy would have been a taxi driver. And, he'd have used Mercs and BMWs just to get to the taxi stand every morning. Hehe

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im quitting to drive my car and mostly apply for a car driver job or go everywhere in one of these. good pic by the way
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NAVI MUMBAI-PANAVEL-BHYANDER. ESSELWORLD...Bold type cut outs on rear screen. What do they mean? Something like they're proper city cabs and also have the licence to go to greater Mumbai?

yeah rudra,

these cabs have permits to drive into navi mumbai and panvel on the central side and cross over into bhayender and upto esselworld on the western side.
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What can i say....

Cabs...

Cant live with them....cant live without them.

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What can i say....

Cabs...

Cant live with them....cant live without them.

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oh yes that is true.
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Hey Rtech
Nice post man. Brings back memories of a ride I had from airport to
Chembur with our suitcase on the roof carrier. The driver was redlining the car which was acclerating in "inches per hour"
Are these guys running CNG or is it the 137D engine?

How about some pics on the latest cabs.
I heard that Indicas and Indigos are used as cabs nowadays. (sorry havent been to Mumbai in many years)
IMO, Maruti Versa would make a good cab for todays times. Spacious interior, fairly powerful engine and low price.
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Mpower,
The cabbies are running the 137D engine but instead of diesel, they are using CNG.
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IMO, Maruti Versa would make a good cab for todays times. Spacious interior, fairly powerful engine and low price.
I never understood why the Maruti Van (if not the Versa) didn't make it as a Taxi. It is the cheapest vehicle you can buy today (even cheaper than a 800) and has more interior room than the Padmini. It's more fuel efficient and would be cheaper to maintain as well. It's perfect for the city.

I've asked many taxi drivers this same question and they all say that the public doesn't like sliding doors, thats why they don't use the Omni. I just don't get it!
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Rtech, the cabs in blr are all Maruti Omni by default.. only a few Indicabs.. of course, we do not have a 'kali-pili' taxi here, except 3-4 ambys at the airport which are kept together with packing tape .. all cabs here are radio-taxis.. most of them run on industrial LPG, not-CNG.. the sliding door excuse is not valid as it is easier to ingress/egress with a sliding door.. the large rear hatch also makes for a large luggage space inspite of 2 LPG cylinders lying horizontal..
Omni does make sense as a cab, although they have your heart in your mouth when driving on the ring roads..
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was wondering what it would be like if something like that did happen ....
Nah, dont worry about something like this.. U'r mom would wake u up before that... hehehe.....
Happens to me all the time.. Dreamz Unlimited.... 12r, phew..
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Hey Rt,
The cabs in Goa also are by and large Omnis.
It would make sense for Mumbai and the best part would be that it would not have the damn bumpers.
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Very true Rtech.
The Omni is a really fine vehicle as a city taxi. It's easy to maneuvre, easy to maintain, has lots of leg room and luggage space and as long as the speed is less than 60km/h, safe enough. It's engine is more modern and greener than the Padmini. It's perfect for the small backroads of Goa and it would work well in Mumbai too. Even I am confused as to why it didn't take off as a cab in our city.
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I think sliding doors would be a boon in traffic. You can get out of the cab at a red signal without hitting some other car.

Dosen't Tata make a CNG version of the Indica for the taxi market? I remember reading about.....it has round taillights in the back.
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