Cab etiquettes everyone should know

January 31, 2016

Can a cab driver refuse you service?

The cab driver can refuse you service if the light on top of the cab is off indicating that the cab is off duty or when the trip will take more than 12 consecutive hours, which is illegal. If not, it is an obligation by law for the drivers to drive you to the destination of your choice.

Can you pay with a credit card?

The answer is yes. You can pay the cab fare with your credit card. Minneapolis taxis are required to install credit card machines and accept credit cards although the drivers prefer cash. They reject such payments to avoid paying the card fees.

What about Tipping?

Tipping is customary but not mandatory. If you the driver has been really helpful and helped with your baggage, you can tip 10 to 20 percent. If you are not satisfied with the service, there is no need for a tip.

Your rights

As a passenger, you should know your rights in the cab. You can choose your preferred route for the destination; have an air conditioner, free use of the trunk. The driver must provide a legible receipt on request. Moreover, you should always ask for the receipt and keep it. The receipt contains taxi’s medallion number which is helpful if you forget your stuff in the cab.

Your responsibilities

While you are using your rights, you must be aware of your responsibilities too. Wearing a seatbelt is mandatory whiling riding a cab. A taxi is not permitted to carry more passenger than the number which the cab is licensed to, so you cannot request the driver to carry more than that number of passengers. Passengers must not consume alcohol or carry open containers which contain alcohol while travelling in a taxi. Smoking in the cab is also illegal.

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