Top 10 reasons to call your local taxi service before e-hailing or booking a rideshare service:
1- yes, they have a car "close by" but that does not mean they will pick you up right away, rideshare drivers are not intricately knowledgeable of a local area like your local taxi service is
2- the prices quoted are almost NEVER the prices you are billed for. They have your credit card, and will charge whatever they want to charge whenever they want to charge it. They make you sign "permissions" when you install the app onto your cell phone. This means they will quote you a low price- usually 40% of the standard taxi price, only to charge you whatever they feel necessary at the time.
3- they are collecting your information and tracking you. Taxi services are more genuinely interested in getting you where you need to go fast with no ulterior motive. Not the same with rideshare services.
4- rideshare services are not locally vested. Local taxi companies are CLEARLY vested in the local community. This means that if you take a ride in a rideshare service and loose your phone, you have a local number to call and a local office that has a lost and found to retrieve your personal item. If you loose something in a rideshare service, consider it gone for good.
5- Ride share drivers are a great deal sneakier than any taxi driver has been at any stage in time. This means, if they have a surge, they will cancel on you and make you pay the higher price or just drop you all together. They know these companies have them in their reigns, so the only way they can make up the money that the rideshare company is getting over on them is for the ride share driver to get over on the customer. Taxi drivers can not do this because there is always someone immediately watching them, and it only takes one phone call to their office to straighten things out, and always in the customer' favor
6- Your local taxi company provides the car and the driver works on a shift. They are not on and off at the drop of a hat. The driver is on to serve the customer at the time they need it and not to accept or reject a call at their whim out of drivers convenience. All rides booked at a taxi company are serviced at the CUSTOMER'S convenience. BIG DIFFERENCE!!!
7- Local licensing, rideshare companies are licensed by the state usually and not subject to local laws. This puts the local clients in need of a local taxi service at a HUGE disadvantage because instead of going through local government to vet a driver, the state performs a fairly light background check, usually does not drug test and only in certain circumstances, fingerprints. Local taxi companies adhere strictly to local taxi laws and that is why your driver is vetted, background checked more rigorously, drug tested more frequently and finger printed for the customer's safety
8- vehicle standards- rideshare companies usually have a fifteen year limit, locally licensed yellow cab companies have a ten year limit of vehicle age, and more higher end operations have a five year limit of vehicle age. This ensures vehicle safety
9- Greed- we all know it exists, but it is much harder for a local taxi company to be outright greedy to its clients when they have more people close by to answer to. There was a story of a college age person charged $500 for a $20 ride a few years ago because simply they can, with no recourse to the clients, and in some cases, even the drivers. The rideshare company simply takes the money for themselves because they can and will do so with no regard to the person paying for the services. Previously, it was iterated that the prices quoted at your local taxi company are quoted in both verbal form and in some cases text so there is no confusion on the user end of what the price will be
10- Passenger Rating System- it is okay and even encouraged for the passengers to rate their drivers, but under no circumstances is it OK for drivers of any type of operation to "rate" a passenger. This system is to eventually shut out people whom otherwise were not told the conditions of a service and may have simply raised an issue that could have otherwise bee resolved by verbal means in a professional business manner not by rating a passenger. Passenger rating system is amongst the most unprofessional ways of denying service
All Island Taxi Wantagh NY 11793
The map diagrams below are places you can easily get a cab service on Long Island, Both in Nassau County and Suffolk County. Wantagh Taxi and Airport Service endorses the following taxi stands and will refer you to them if you call from another location not in Wantagh NY 11793. Wantagh Taxi and Airport Service serves Wantagh NY 11793 exclusively and respects the other taxi services in the area.