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Thursday 26 April 2018

City taxis rank 15th in poll of world cabs

THE taxi industry in Dublin has a lot to do to compete with the likes of London and New York, a study has found.

The capital's taxis were ranked 15th in a survey of 30 countries, placing it well behind a host of other major cities.

London's iconic black cabs ranked top of the list for the sixth year in a row, securing 22pc of votes. New York's yellow cabs came second with 10pc and Tokyo in third with 9pc.

Berlin reclaimed its position in the top five, moving up to fourth place with 5pc of the vote while Madrid, Mexico City and Amsterdam were joint fifth, each receiving 4pc.

London topped the list across five of the seven categories, including cleanliness (23pc), knowledge of the area (27pc) and quality of driving (30pc).

The survey was carried out by travel experts Hotels.com in 30 countries.

It shows taxi customers value safety above everything else, with 23pc putting it at the top of the list.

Other categories include value (20pc), knowledge of the area (17pc), availability (14pc) and quality of driving (11pc).

While Dublin still has a lot to do to make it into the top five, Laura Watts of Hotels.com said there are some positives.

She added: "It is great to see that Dublin taxis are ranking in the top 15 in the world.

"Getting into a taxi can be one of the first experiences for a tourist coming into the country so it can really leave a lasting impression and set the tone for the whole trip."

London came first for friendliness overall, although Irish respondents gave the vote to their own capital city.

VALUE

New York and Bangkok taxis were joint first in terms of value for money, each getting 20pc, while the Big Apple's yellow taxis were No1 for availability.

Many people have lost their phone, wallet or keys in a taxi but the survey also revealed some of the more obscure items left behind by passengers.

These include a wig and a birdcage in the US, a prosthetic leg and an ex-boyfriend in Australia, a trombone in Finland and dentures in Germany.

The most common passenger activities are texting or emailing (19pc), sleeping (15pc), eating (10pc) and kissing (9pc).

comurphy@herald.ie

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