Taxis have been much in the news recently, with the rise of Uber and the demise of Karhoo, but today is the tenth birthday of London’s original green car service, greentomatocars (greentomatocars.com).
Taxi was originally an abbreviation of ‘taximeter’
1. Taxi was originally an abbreviation of ‘taximeter’ (or taxametre), which was the name of the device indicating the fare due.
2. Taxameter entered the language in 1894; taxicab and taxi followed in 1907.
3. Under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, people with the plague may not travel in taxis or other public conveyances…
4. …Nor may people with other notifiable diseases such as rabies, anthrax, cholera or tuberculosis.
5. In 1995, the British Medical Journal mentioned taxi rank malaria as a means of spreading the disease.
6. One per cent of London taxi-drivers are women.
7. Technically it is illegal to shout “Taxi!” to hail a taxi as it may distract the driver.
8. According to a recent survey, taxi-drivers have the tenth most dangerous job in the US.
9. The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers became the City of London’s 104th Livery Company in February 2004.
10. Two of greentomatocars’ fleet are hydrogen fuelled and emit only water from the tailpipe.