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    Monday 8th of December 2014 01:26:11 PM

    Cab vs. Taxi

    Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a taxi and a cab?
    Well you're not alone. One of my students posed this question in class the other day. Unfortunately, we’d ran out of time so I will answer the question now…
    To most people, there is no difference between a taxi and a cab, and they are both vehicles that you can hire to take you to a specific destination. However the distinction between the two lies in their origins. 
    The earliest type of horse-drawn vehicle that was available for hire was called “cabriolet”. This term was later shortened to “cab”. The term continued to be used when cab companies replaced their horse-drawn vehicles with motorized vehicles. Since the new vehicles were equipped with taximeters, which measured fares according to distances traveled, many people started referring to them as “taxicabs”. It seems that both “taxi” and “cab” are shortened versions of the term “taxicab”. 
    While “taxi” and “cab” are generally regarded as words of the same meaning in every English-speaking country in the world, certain people may have a way to differentiate between the two. Some British people reserve the term “taxis” for the iconic vehicles that are popularly known as “black cabs”. These diesel-engine vehicles are mostly black in color, and they have a high passenger compartment roof to provide more relaxed seating. The term “cabs” or “minicabs” is sometimes used to refer to ordinary saloon cars that are available for hire. These cars can be modern cars of various makes and models, and they are usually cheaper to ride with than black cabs. Some minicabs do not belong to any cab company, and they operate without a license. Make sure to only use licensed minicab companies.
    You are allowed to hail a taxi from the street, but not a minicab. Minicabs must be booked in advance. Minicab fares are often considerable lower compared to the black taxis and they run on a fixed fare. Taxis on the other hand run on a taximeter, which consider traffic, distance and waiting time.
    So whether you’re in New York, London or anywhere in between feel free to hail a cab or taxi to get to your destination.

 

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