July 4, 2012 when Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte posted this on Facebook:
Mabuhay Taxi, a Davao City based taxi company is now known to have the nation’s most advanced payment system for cab fares when they installed ATM Debit Card terminals in their twenty-five recently launched fleet of unconventionally colored black taxicabs.
Passengers can now have the convenience of cash-less payment of cab fares by simply swiping BANCNET an MegaLink ATM debit cards. This will avoid the usual complaints against taxi drivers that are unable to give the exact change.
The black taxicabs are also safer for passengers and drivers because these are equipped with the latest Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking device that will automatically give information on the current location of the unit as well as computer-controlled dispatching system. This innovation provides security because ATM payments would mean the drivers have not as much cash on hand as the common taxi drivers and won’t be prime targets for robbers and hijackers. Passengers need not to worry as this hi-tech transportation system has the same flag down rate. The complaints about over-charging taxi drivers will be monitored as well. Like all bank’s precautions to clients, the security of the PIN of the debit card used will be the card holders responsibility.
I have my own share of bad experiences with arrogant taxi drivers. Once, I rant in this post about how they made me furious and embarrassed of how they took advantage by over-charging the passengers, specially the tourists. I hope the Manila-based taxi companies should adapt this type of innovation since the rude and over-charging taxi drivers in the area are so rampant. Davao City is hoping that this move towards improvement will bring more investors and more tourists to spend their time and appreciate what the city and the neighboring provinces has to offer.