Website names London taxis best in the world

DANIEL BARRON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:05 PM ET

London may have some of the worst traffic in the world, but for travellers who still need to get around by car, the city can at least boast having the best taxis in the world according to a new survey.

The famous English capital received 11% of votes in the 2012 Taxi Survey from Hotels.com. It’s the fifth year in a row London has taken top spot. The highest-ranked Canadian city was Vancouver, which finished 33rd out of 57 cities in the survey. Toronto was ranked 37th, while Montreal ended up at 48.

“London’s iconic black cabs are recognized around the world as being the highest quality and it’s due to the impressive expertise of London taxi drivers that they’re seen to have the best local knowledge compared to any other city in the world,” says Alison Couper, Senior Director of Communications, Hotels.com.

New York finished a distant second with 6.4% of votes, and the next three cities all belonged to the Asia Pacific region – Tokyo (5.6%), Shanghai (4.8%), and Bangkok (4.3%).

More than 1,600 people from 28 cities and countries around the world voted on the top taxis, ranking them based on seven categories – cleanliness, knowledge of the area, quality of driving, friendliness, safety, availability, and value. London placed first in five of those categories, though it finished last in value.

New York earned top kudos for availability, while Bangkok, with its motorcycle-like tuk-tuks, was tops in terms of value.

The website released additional information from the survey, such as naming strange items that were left behind in cabs. In Canada, these included a sex toy and lubricant, while a vehicle in another city was left with a raw fish. Another statistic stated that 15% of respondents don’t tip their driver.

Hotels.com even gives tips for travellers – everything from using two hands to pass papers containing destination info to drivers in Shanghai, to being aware of the privacy switch available in London taxis.


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