What is the local government running the show anyway? May 23, 2006Posted by fukumimi in Japan, Overseas, technology.
My question is, what is the local government (Philadelphila Parking Authority) doing supervising taxis anyway? It seems like a really inefficient way to offer cab services in a city.
GPS seems to make a lot of sense for cab companies who need to allocate cars to call-in customers, or to optimise coverage. Lots of cab companies in Tokyo now have GPS in their cars. Many Tokyo cabbies also need GPS because many of them are recent job migrants from outside Tokyo and have no clue about getting from A to B. Problem with GPS based route navigation is that the recommended routes are virtually all on the major roads which get clogged up. Why do I have to teach cabbies the back routes, and pay full price for the ride? Because it would be more expensive (both in terms of money and time) if I let the cabbies take the congested arterial roads?
I'd call for a Tokyo version of The Knowledge to be made mandatory. That and basic manner lessons for some of the cabbies, too.
On the theme of local government providing transport services, what is with busses operated by local authorities? These bus drivers paid a bit too much, me thinks. Ditto for refuse collection. As members of the public sector, they get paid way too much compared to the private sector. Does it really make sense for a refuse collector to be getting paid $80k a year? Ah, the life of a public sector worker. Decent pay, short hours, job security.