The changing Colour of Tradition
Last updated: October 7th, 2013 by admin
In Japan maroon cars are reserved for the Royal family, in New York the yellow cab is seen as often on the streets as it is on film and in London the black cab is a reassuring sight for both tourists and locals as it guarantees a driver who knows his or her way around a fast-paced and ever-changing city. Now London’s black cabs are moving to Australia and on the way, they’re changing from black to white.
Although it’s early days, the move has already drawn positive reactions and it will be interesting to see whether or not the white taxis end up as highly decorated as some of their black London counterparts.
Taking a taxi in Australia is a much simpler process than in some countries; however it’s important to note that in Australian taxi etiquette a single passenger would be expected to sit in the front seat beside the driver. Sitting in the back seat can be seen as pretentious. Of course, this is different if two friends are together. Unlike their British counterparts, Australian taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped unless they have provided an exceptional level of service.
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