Old Style and New Style Taxis in the UK
I call them cabs. Always have. However, when visiting the UK, everyone seemed to call them taxis. One thing I have noticed though is that they have some really nice ones over there. I took a Bristol Taxi to see a relative in a rural area. I was trying to visit everyone on the list since this was my first trip abroad. The last time I was here I was too young to remember most of it. In London they have really cool looking cabs. Plus, the drivers have to undergo some serious training that I don’t think any cabbie in the States has to do.
They have to learn pretty much every route from just about any location to another. They have to know the shortest routes by memory. You might think that is an easy task, but you have to remember that London has a rich history of culture as well as being rebuilt and built over many times. There are what you would call regular streets and the ones that are not so regular. The taxi drivers have to know which routes to take from just about any point A in the city to point B.
I don’t know how the drivers even pass the tests. I saw a show on TV about it. The show was really interesting. You really have to know pretty much every street and alley in the London area to get your license to drive a taxi. I have had a hit or miss mix of cab drivers who really know the area where I live. Anyway, back to the taxis. You probably have seen those black taxis that look more British than any other vehicle on the road. However, the Bristol taxi I was in was a nice new sleek vehicle that was comfortable and modern. The old squarish taxis are still a staple in some areas, but there are a lot more vehicles in Britain now that are called taxis.