Transport is an important way of leading lives, in the modern day world it is unimaginable to live a life comfortably without any means of transport primarily because of three reasons, the first being the means of transport tend to save time, secondly, transport makes communication easier, third enables a person to commute across distances. If we look back at the evolution of transport, the Paleolithic man used animals as a means of transport to travel from one place to another. As time advanced with the invention of the wheel, the means of transport were partially driven by animals and partially operated by people.
But where did taxi’s originate and where are we heading?? This is something we need to understand and analyse in detail.
THE ORIGIN OF TAXI SERVICES AND THE DEVELOPMENT
- As per evidence traced by historians, the first car motor was made in the year 1835 when Christopher Becker and his friend built an electric motor that was attached to a small model car. However, 56 yrs later the electric motor was attached to a taximeter which measured the time and distance travelled by a vehicle in a specific period. However, the world’s first motor car company was founded in Germany; it was the first dedicated gasoline power vehicle that ran on streets.
- “However with the coming of world war 1 when the movement all over the west increased exponentially, taxis were imported from France to help nurses and soldiers commute to the places help. These taxis were painted in yellow and black that helped them stand out in the usual traffic” explained a well-known proprietor of a well-known taxi service company who has been providing premium quality Taxi Service in Sherwood Park for a while.
- The evolution of taxis post world war 2 stressed the importance of being environmentally wellness people were becoming more aware of the climate change that was slowly taking shape hence the demand for eco-friendly taxis has been rising over the past two decades.
- The major problem that arose with the metre taxi was the accuracy in determining the accuracy of the fare being charged to the passenger, the passenger often had a feeling that he/she was being overcharged after the urban depression there was a great need for employment of people that is when the system of flat rates was introduced. The metered taxis had a very complex method of calculation charging an additional 10 per cent on the original fare on the extra distance travelled whereas the Flat Rate Sherwood Park cabs offered a very simple system of calculation with no extra or hidden charges levied upon the passenger and no system of meter dependent calculations.
- The benefits of this method were that more and more people began to prefer taxi services and taxi services were no longer a thing of the “upper class”. The pressures of depression however created a lot of need generation for the preference of taxis, as people found it safe and feasible to travel in cabs rather than travel alone.
- Taxi services since then formed an important part of the capitalist economy, this also opened a way to add income as taxi drivers could now rent their taxis to a third person on a daily or weekly basis.
The industry has grown exponentially and is continuing to grow, thanks to the flat rate system and also to the inventors in Germany who first came up with a motor.