Fair fare negotiation tips

Now while I wondered at the exploitation at the hands of rickshaw and taxi drivers, here are some strategies that I have figured out:

1/ What petrol? Donít listen in when these guys complain of ëpetrolí prices. They donít even get regular CNG but a very smelly brand of gas that makes your body shout ëPrivate!-Public! Transport!í until you take that cleansing bath.

2/ The lookin’-dead meter is alive: The meter will actually be…

…functional. They will pretend, ëOkay, letís go by the meter then!í Itís an empty threat. The meter quotes at least Rs. 30 below whatever they have quoted. This is the formula:
Difference between the driverís quote and the meterís quote
= (driver ñmeter) quote
= Rs. (0.75x)≤, where x is the number of kilometers traveled.

And if you are laughing, some rickshaw driver is having the last of ëem laughs!

3/ The secret body language of the rickshaw/taxi clan: These drivers speak a secret language amongst them. They work by ways of nods and eye-blinks and just damn smiles & stares. They often ask each other, even if they are meeting for the first time (which they are not), ëAre they saying, ìNo?î I quoted the same (high) price. Leave them!í Collectively, they will punish you. When negotiating, catch them afar from each other. Donít let them make eye contact. And stick to your ground until one member of the cartel breaks away. Make sure itís not an odd hour!

6 Comments so far

  1. zeeshan (unregistered) on December 5th, 2005 @ 4:20 pm

    dam i think you gonna write thesis
    on public transport

  2. Ramla A. (unregistered) on December 5th, 2005 @ 4:24 pm

    Gonna?? I have-a!

  3. Imtiaz (unregistered) on December 5th, 2005 @ 11:03 pm

    lol…..this is interesting!!!

  4. Zubair (unregistered) on December 6th, 2005 @ 3:46 am

    wtf!! … it’s always good to be careful with dough but wasting time waiting for one rickshaw to go away and another to come and then watching out for those nods and eye-blinks is beyond a normal persons’ common-sense.

    is this why u earn thousands to live a miser life of such low standards saving pennies?

  5. Metblog Petrol (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 1:07 am

    Zubair, I don’t which one should take priority for you:
    – learning to behave,
    – learning to save, or
    – learning to laugh?

    At any rate, serious educational needs lie dead ahead for you.

  6. Zubair (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 12:53 pm


    i) i’m sorry
    ii) err.. i’ll learn to save.
    iii) lolololol.

    haha. now please stop being anonymous. i wont kill u i promise.

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