Changing colors of transport

First… they were black! Then they became yellow…. A little while back… we got white….. And now.. they come up as RED!

Got what im talking about? Thats right! im talking about TAXI’s in our fine city. It seems like no one can come up with a standard color scheme for the numerous taxi’s which ply on our city’s roads… charging outrageous amounts of money during normal days, and holding each passenger up for ransom during ‘special’ occasions…

The latest incarnation of taxis are the Red Top Cabs which started operation in the city recently under the Karachi Urban Transport Scheme. Run by Optimus, a franchise of Hertz rentacar in Pakistan, Red Top Cabs have a fleet of 100 brand new CNG Lianas currently, and plan to expand it to one thousand in the future.

Unfortunately, as of this writing, i donot have either their rates, or their contact numbers, but i expect them to be more expensive than the traditional yellow/black cabs (though i dont know how much more they can charge) and less than the Metro/White/Radio cabs are charging.

How do you recognize a Red Top Cab on the city roads? They’ll have a red roof.

14 Comments so far

  1. Zain (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 11:59 am

    cool! pictures??????


  2. Tee Emm (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 12:09 pm

    Colors of taxis is an important aspect of modern urban life. While a couple of decades ago, this sector was not as ‘corporate-ized’ as it is now (leasing, international investment, insurance, road-media and uniformed/educated drivers are some of the new twists), the recent changes tie this up with the overall uplifting of the city-scape new governments try to focus so closely on.

    BTW, I don’t seen any harm in having taxis of various colors – as long as they have a standard theme. Just a month ago, I counted over 10 (very metallic/vibrant – almost juicy) colors that the taxis of Bangkok (Thailand) bear. Each transport company has its own color for its taxis. Overall, when mixed with the general traffic, these taxis look like a bunch of candies spilled in the regular traffic and create quite a pleasant view.


  3. Tee Emm (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 12:13 pm

    BTW, while we are on this, KASB Bank is reportedly financing a new radio cab service in Karachi based on Suzuki Liana (again, reportedly of off-white color). The unique thing about this new service (sorry, no clues on the name of the service yet) is that it will NOT have its operations hub in Air Port (like White-cab, Metrocab and Karachi Cab).


  4. mansoor (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 12:19 pm

    zain: i’ll post some as soon as i can take some.

    tee emm: karachi seems to be headed that way as well…

    oh and i forgot… we’ve also got a Maroon cab service, which is using Nissan Sunny as its cab of choice.


  5. RAJA KHAN (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 3:36 pm

    PICTURES PLZZZZ :P Of all the cabs,especially Maroon ..I LOVE MAROON


  6. verysmart (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 5:13 pm

    Hong Kong has stadardized Red Color cabs with white roof, they are fitted with GPS (not just reciever but also the transmitter too, which is still very uncommon elsewhere), Wireless voice linkup and credit card payup facility.

    the GPS transmitter enables the central control station to locate each taxi in the city and direct it for any congestions ahead on the road or to route them alternatively to a nearby customer awaiting for service. It also keeps an eye on the taxis if the driver is found to take any unscheduled stops.

    Pretty neat huh… i love HK


  7. Sheikh Faisal (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 6:05 pm

    I live in Amsterdam, where cabs also have GPS, CC payment possibilities en video-camera’s for security of the driver.

    We have, however, no standard colour for our cabs. They have a colour just like any other car, but they have the TAXI sign on the rooftop.


  8. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 9:29 pm

    I think there should be a standard colour of a cab so that it would be easier for ppl to identify which one is cab and the most important thing which we lack in KHI is the light at the top of the cab which indicates that if this cab is vacant or not, otherwise everybody has to see inside the car if somebody is in the car or not even if nobody is in the car then also it depends on the mood of the driver.


  9. AwryDude (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 11:34 pm

    taxis bearing different colors optimizes competition as each company has its distinct image.This keeps rates down thus relieving passengers and foring owners to be constanlty vigilant about their service.


  10. Ameen (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 1:38 am

    Yess Its very disgusting….ridiculous….that World’s Fifth Biggest city has not even a Single Theme for Taxi/cab service…we have the same regret in all aspects of governance and urban issues!!!


  11. mansoor (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 11:53 am

    verysmart: VERY neat :D i wanna have CC payup facility here too!!! i hope after wimax deployment, this will be the first feature to get off the ground…

    s.faisal, khitorpit: the taxi sign is sorely needed here… i guess only 5 to 10% of taxi’s have a working sign… which doesnt include the new metro/white/radio/red top cabs :(

    awrydude: rates down??? :S they keep going up with the price hike in gas n pertrol rates :(

    ameen: i never hinted it was ridiculous jee…. as mentioned in the above comments, different colors might actually be a better option.


  12. schawlaf (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 1:18 pm

    Forget red white , yellow , black or whatever color , i just saw “BABY TAXI ” yup those small rickshaw engine cars on display near Awari someone sensible has bought one Green in color and was driving it in PeCHS as a Taxi with “Karachi ka Tohfa Baby Taxi ” written on the back


  13. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 12:55 am


    “Karachi ka Tohfa Baby Taxi ” written on the back

    means in future we will not be able to see Dekh Magar Pyar say ? :(


  14. mansoor (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 12:41 pm

    schawlaf: LOL!!!!!! that would be so CUTE!!

    p.s. why dont people realize the difference b/w a car and a GOLF CART!!! those small rickshaw engine cars are just golf carts, and are being driven around like cars :p



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