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A BIT OF HISTORY


Primitive prototype taxis have appeared in London in 1636 and in Paris several years later. The first motorized cabs - FIAKRI (fr.fiacre) appeared in France in 1890 but had little success. They were not affordable for the poor and the rich had their own vehicles. The middle class used taxis only in exceptional cases. Part of the problem was the lack of a uniform tariff for the carriage of passengers. In 1891 the German scientist Wilhelm Brno invented the first taximeter and the situation changed quickly. In 1907 on the streets of the English capital emerged the first transport vehicles equipped with taximeters. The demand for cab services increased dramatically.

 The manufacturer of Renault cars finally changed the circumstances when it began to produce serial cars with integrated taximeters.

 Taxi cars in New York are yellow with white and black chess sections. On the ceilings they have illuminated plates with the license number.

 The bright yellow color was chosen early in the 20th century by the company Yellow Cap, which order their cars in yellow only to work in the street of New York. In the 60s of 20th century the dispatchers and the cab drivers began to use radio connection.

London’s cabs are black typically. Polish ones are colorful. In Hong Kong they are painted in three colors – most often red, there are some green, and on the island Lantau – blue. In Singapore cabs are blue, and in Thailand – pink.