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London Taxis Voted The Best In The World

According to a recent poll, due to their friendly drivers and their knowledge of the city, London taxis have been voted the best in the world.

The survey, undertaken by travel website hotels.com, found that London taxis despite being the most expensive, beat rivals from across the world to top the list for the third consecutive year, scoring nearly 60 percent in votes on several categories by 2,000 foreign travellers and holiday markers.

The London city taxi drivers were voted both the friendliest and most knowledgeable of their city. Drivers in the English capital must pass a rigorous and very difficult exam called The Knowledge in order to earn their London taxi licence.

New York’s yellow taxis came second in the list, scoring just 27 percent, which was up 10 percent from last year even though Manhattan’s taxi drivers tied with the Parisian taxi drivers as the rudest to their passengers and other road users.

Travellers however said that New York had the most available taxis, which from person experiance, is most definitely true. They are everywhere!

Taxi drivers in the city of Rome were voted the worst drivers in the world with almost 1 in 10 foreign travellers thinking the Italian capital had the world’s worst taxi drivers when it came to the quality of driving.

“Travelling by taxi is one of the first experiences that many travellers have upon arrival in a new city. In fact, the research found that cabs are by far the most popular method of travelling from the airport to their hotel,” a spokesman for hotels.com said in a statement.

The global survey scored taxis and their drivers for their levels of cleanliness, value, quality of driving, knowledge of the area, friendliness, safety and availability.

Finishing the top five in the table were Tokyo, with a total score of 26 percent, Berlin with 17 percent and the famous Bangkok tuk-tuks scoring 14 percent.

Madrid’s taxis were ranked sixth in the poll, followed by Copenhagen and Dublin with 11 percent and Frankfurt and Paris with 10 percent, each.

Taxis in Sydney fell short of the top 10, scoring badly in the areas of value for money, availability and knowledge of the area.

The poll shows that although there is much work to do on London’s transport network in order to cope with the crowds at the London Olympics, at least the London taxis are ready to show the would that London knows how to handle itself on a world stage.



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