The innovation of these on-demand ‘book a ride’ applications has been very helpful to the commuters especially to the major population in the country who’re working in the city. Various apps came out offering different mode of services, arrangements, and programs to help ease the people’s daily transportation.
Some of the major apps that has caused a buzz in the Metro are ride-hailing apps that use taxi units as their mode of transportation. With the not so good reputation that a taxi service has built, people question whether it’d be a good idea to get the taxis back to their limelight.
On this blog, we recall how the conventional taxi drivers play compared to the current taxi service scheme of the online cab-hailing apps.
We, then, answer: Is the taxi service in the Philippines still worth the try?
Ride Experiences from Street-hailed Taxis
According to a publication circulated by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in 2014, there are issues of convenience and safety that the public has experienced when riding taxis. The agency mentioned that the top three reported complaints include the following:
These complaints can be attributed to the lack of income a traditional driver receives and other conditions that impact their services. A taxi driver usually does “boundary” which is a daily payment that ranges from Php 1, 000 to Php 2, 0000 – a remittance due to the taxi operator. This gives the driver a lesser net pay. Another factor is the traffic condition in the country which has been going on ever since. This makes it harder for the driver to resist imposing a higher rate on the commuter.
These are the points that taxi-hailing apps are addressing in the new taxi service scheme they have built. In addition, the LTFRB has been very supportive of these companies to better improve the transportation service in the country.
Online-hailed Taxis Vs. Street-hailed Taxis
According to a case study regarding the vehicle-hailing app preferences of the Filipinos, there is quite a big difference on how commuters see and experience taxi service using a hailing app compared to the traditional way.
Here’s what the public thinks of the online taxi-hailing apps:
Others say that the cost is a bit cheaper for traditional taxis compared to what the online apps offer. Thankfully, we got one booming app that resolves the dilemma! Micab App serves the public with its utmost aide without giving any additional fees, hidden charges, and surcharges to the commuters.
Indeed, the taxi services in the country has taken a major leap through the help of these applications like the Micab App!
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