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 Give me a Sign! (Never Mind. Just fix the ones we have)

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Parking Madness

Personality: Oh, what people put on, do to or do in their cars!

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Taxi!

Updated 2005-04-09 (At long last!)
The images shown here are original, unaltered photographs taken in generally public places. All comments are strictly the personal opinion of the photographer. No photographs or comments are misleading, or known to be false.
 

 



Harvard & Commonwealth Ave., Allston - 1999-04-17

I count five cabs at this cab stand, plus three additional (and usually more) cabs parked illegally along the MBTA trolley stop "island." I was surprised to find out that this cab stand sign no longer indicates that there are only four cabs allowed to stop here. I do not know if this was changed, if whoever put up the sign forgot to add that information, or if someone removed it later. You can bet you'd get a nasty reaction from the cab drivers if you parked in their spot!

I can't say whether not being able to stop at the island is a good law or not, but if it is the law, it should be enforced. Otherwise, give the parking spots to the general public and let the taxis park along the island -- NOT both.


Boston - 1999-02-24

Boston - 1999-02-19

Manhattan, NYC - 1999-04-14
It figures that what should be an international standard isn't even agreed upon in one city. I'll add more example photos, but the point here is that those signs atop taxis from city to city or company to company aren't consistent, or even used. It's simple: If the light is on, the taxi should be for hire. If it's not on, the person on the street should be able to tell it's off duty. You can tell there's a taxi heading toward you long before you can tell if there's anyone in the back seat, and save yourself some goofy waving around for nothing. But usually these signs aren't even used. Other times, the signs are diametrically different. That is, sometimes the sign says "Off Duty" (I presume they are not for hire if the sign is on, which seems strange). Sometimes the sign says "Off Duty" on one side and "For Hire" on the other. Either way, why would anyone want to advertise that they are not available, as opposed to drawing attention to themselves if they're looking for a fare? No, it's not the law in Massachusetts, but it's a good idea...

I've been in contact with the Boston Hackney Bureau and with various Boston taxi company executives, and so far I haven't found anybody who says they are against my proposed system. So....?


Porter Square, Cambridge, MA - 2001-06-01
 

Now why would a white taxi bearing a Yellow Cab sign have a window sticker advertising drivers wanted for Green Cabs?


Commonwealth & Harvard Aves., Allston, MA - 1998-10-17
Musical chairs! - Why is it when one taxi pulls out, they all have to pull out and move over a space in succession? There's only four spaces. Why waste fuel instead of just keeping track of who's next in the queue?

Again, if the taxi that was first in line had its indicator light on, everyone would know the score.


 

Give me a Sign! (Never Mind. Just fix the ones we have)

What's My Lane?

Parking Madness

Personality: Oh, what people put on, do to or do in their cars!

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