Philippine National Police has shared an infographic that tells about Do’s and Dont’s while riding a Taxi in the Philippines. This is in response to rampant assault, kidnapping, robbery, and homicide which involves some Taxi drivers. The infographic, is not only applicable to local travelers, but also to tourists visiting the country. It can preempt whatever the negative plans of the taxi drivers.
Not so long ago, riding a taxi is considered one of the safest and convenient ways for commuters to reach their destination. Commuters who are in a hurry can ride taxi to avoid hassle of riding jeep or bus where most of the time is full during rush hours. Cabs are also airconditioned compared to PUJ and some bus. You can also sometimes sleep inside the cab.
But as the day go by, it seems that riding taxi is scarier than riding public utility vehicles (that’s what I feel). This is because of numerous crimes involving some taxi drivers (not all). There are instances where the taxi driver together with accomplish try to rob their passenger. Worst comes to worst, the driver will take the life of its passenger because he / she does not want to give their gadgets, and hard-earned money.
The Philippine National Police, as an immediate answer to growing crimes involving cab drivers, has released a public service advisory that may preempt what ever evil plans of some taxi driver. Read it below:
1. Let you family and and friends know the information about the taxi you are hiring / riding.
2. Always make it to a point to text or call friends and family members about the name and plate number of the taxi you are riding.
3. If something seems wrong. GET OFF THE TAXI.
4. Stick to your routes. Be ware of so called short cuts.
5. Avoid sleeping inside the cab.
6. Do not give away to much information about yourself.
I would like to add the following safety precautions which I usually do when riding taxi. Some are already mentioned above, but I will tackle the specifics:
1. Every time I ride taxi, I usually call my friends / relative that I am already inside the cab. I mentioned the color of car body, plate number, and taxi name. I make sure that the cab driver heard the info I gave to friends / relatives. This may discourage the driver to do wrong.
2. When I am going to familiar destination, I try to give the specific route I want the cab driver to pass. Because sometimes I also check if the driver is charging me the right fare for the same route.
3. When I travel with my child, I usually tell him not to butt in when I am having a conversation with the cab driver. Because sometimes I am just bluffing (yikes!!!) and my son might correct me and spill out important family information to the cab driver.
4. In the airport, I ride the yellow airport taxi. While in the city as much as possible I ride taxi from MGE, Sturdy, EMP, R&E, Dollar, and 24/7. Most of these taxi companies have hotline numbers that commuters can call regarding their complaints.
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