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Re: [SLUG] Re. SLUG meeting instructions for newbie



Thanks,

see my comments below.

Adam Kennedy wrote:

> Actually, it's not a ratio... it's on a highest at the time basis.
> 
> If the taxi is travelling about a certain speed, the rate per second for
> distance is higher
> If the taxi is travelling below, the base rate per second is used.
> 
> So if you are cruising along at 10 K, you are probably paying the time rate,
> rather than the distance rate.

With all due respect, that is what I am not sure about and would welcome 
some hard evidence such as that
on the website Howard mentioned.

> Also, when was the last time a taxi driver slowed down to phase the
> lights...

You might be surprised - especially when said taxi-driver has only a few 
demerit points left.
Without boasting, it has been done - usually in the early hours on 
Parramatta Rd., but also on the Airport route.
Some call it luck; I call it skill.

> 
> By travelling at the maximum speed, the rate per second is higher, and when
> they get a red they have been paid both for the distance, AND for the time
> at the lights...
> 
> But of course you still win the argument...
> 
> And don't forget you have to lug bags around to the train.
> 
> Adam K
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Adam F. Bogacki" <afb3@nospam.primus.com.au>
> To: "Scott Howard" <scott@nospam.doc.net.au>
> Cc: "Slug@nospam.Slug. Org. Au" <slug@nospam.slug.org.au>
> Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2001 4:04 PM
> Subject: RE: [SLUG] Re. SLUG meeting instructions for newbie
> 
> 
> 
>> Dear Howard,
>> 
>> I don't wish to get into a flame war, but could you give me the exact
>> reference in www.nswtaxi.org.au where the time/distance ration in Sydney
>> taximeter computer chips is detailed.
>> 
>> I could not find it.
>> 
>> Also, you make the assumption that a newbie would be arriving after 10.00
>> PM to a SLUG meeting which starts at 7.00 PM - unrealistic.
>> 
>> Depending on the time of day, it is possible for a skilled professional
>> driver to attain constant green lights. This is done by knowing that each
>> phase is timed to change so that a driver travelling at (or just under)
> 
> the
> 
>> maximum speed limit for that area will get the same phase change as he
>> arrives.  This assumes no other traffic movement affecting your progress
>> which is difficult to achieve during normal business hours.
>> 
>> Nevertheless, the fare you estimate _before_ 10.00 PM is realistic and
>> supports my contention that the Domestic Airport->UTS taxi fare is very
>> competitive with the Domestic_>Central railway line, especially if you pay
>> $1-2 more for the privilege of being deposited on the steps of the Tower
>> Block.
>> 
>> Don't misunderstand me - I am a train buff from way back and one of my
>> great life experiences was travelling around India on third class railway
>> carriages. I have a lot of respect for Victorian railway engineering. Many
>> of those involved in setting up the Indian railway system - where many
>> isolated stations have or had  their own courthouse, police force,
> 
> porters,
> 
>> and a whole social infrastructure - were from Australasia as part of the
>> (then) British Empire.
>> 
>> QED.
>> 
>> Adam Bogacki
>> afb3@nospam.primus.com.au
>> 
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: slug-admin@nospam.slug.org.au [mailto:slug-admin@nospam.slug.org.au]On Behalf Of
>> Scott Howard
>> Sent: 24 June, 2001 03:57 PM
>> To: Adam F. Bogacki
>> Cc: Slug@nospam.Slug. Org. Au
>> Subject: Re: [SLUG] Re. SLUG meeting instructions for newbie
>> 
>> 
>> ....<snip>....
>> 
>> On Sun, Jun 24, 2001 at 12:48:17PM +1000, Adam F. Bogacki wrote:
>> 
>>> For the uninitiated, the computer chips in Sydney taxi meters depend on
>> 
>> two
>> 
>>> factors - time and distance. I don't know the exact proportion, but it's
>>> mainly distance.
>> 
>> http://www.nswtaxi.org.au will tell you.
>> 
>> 
>>> A quick trip from the domestic terminal directly to UTS via the shortest
>>> route [O'Riordan, Wyndham, Cleveland, Abercrombie and Broadway] is about
>>> $10.00 and _definitely_ competitive with the Domestic-Central railway.
>> 
>> This
>> 
>>> option has dependencies such as time of day, traffic conditions, and
>> 
>> whether
>> 
>>> you have the bad fortune to get stuck behind a sheep truck with a flat
>> 
>> tire
>> 
>>> in Botany Rd. in rush hour.
>> 
>> www.whereis.com.au gives basically this route from Shiers Ave Mascot
>> (Qantas domestic terminal) to Regent St, Chippendale (basically UTS), with
>> a total distance of 6.80Kms.
>> 
>> >From the details from www.nswtaxi.org.au, the cost for this trip,
>> if before 10pm at night, would be  (2.35 + 6.80 * 1.32), or about $11.30 -
>> presuming no stops. After 10pm it would go up to $14.10.
>> Adding in at least about 5 mins for sitting at lights etc (and it's
>> going to be at least that on that route for most times of the day)
>> takes this up to around $15-20.
>> 
>> So with about 5 mins of internet time, the issue is sorted :)
>> 
>>   Scott.
>> 
>> 
>> 
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