Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Shifty Taxis

If you were going to start any sort of personal transport business, I would guess it would make sense to determine when most of your customers want transporting. This is why the local buses tend to run in the day time rather than only offering a night service.

The peak times for moving are well known. They are called “rush hours” for good reason. People are in a hurry – either to get to work, or even more so, to get home or get to that all important banquet. And an equivalent of “rush hour” is available in Chinese (高峰时), so the concept is not unknown.

Clearly, these are the times when personal transport services are most in demand – especially the evening rush hour. So, what do Liuzhou taxi drivers do to take advantage of this?

They stop picking up passengers and disappear.

I appreciate that taxis are expensive assets and must be exploited to the maximum. So the cars tend to run 24 hours a day, being driven by drivers working in shifts. And clearly if you work a shift system there has to be a handover time.

So, Liuzhou’s taxi wallahs have decided that

a) They should all change shift at the same time.

b) They will do this bang in the middle of the rush hour!

It is almost impossible to get a taxi between around 5:30 and 7 pm. If you are lucky enough to see one, it will refuse your fare unless you happen to be going to wherever their handover is scheduled to take place – and they seem to schedule these in the more obscure corners of the city where no one else wants to go.

Are they completely insane?

. This entry was posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at 8:25 pm and is filed under About Liuzhou, Liuzhou Life, Stupidity, Travel. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Shifty Taxis”

  1. Greg Says:

    This is true in other cities in China, maybe all cities in China. Not a Liuzhou specific phenomenon.

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    It may be also true in other cities, but it is certainly not true for all Chinese cities, by any means. They all have shift change times, yes. They are not all during rush hour.

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