Taxi drivers in Malaysia get a lot of bad press for not using their meters, not taking people if the distance is too short or too long, charging more if it’s raining, charging more if there’s a traffic jam or just plain refusing to take people because they don’t feel like going where you want to go.
For me if a taxi is for hire, you should get in – state your destination and off you go.
Anyway have you noticed the worst drivers on the road are also taxi drivers? Cut queues, change lanes recklessly? No signal, no indication of intent? They drive too fast or too slow…of course there are some good taxi drivers, but on the whole?
I managed to avoid them mostly with their crazy antics, but this time I didn’t, I was coming out of 1-Utama carpark (new wing) onto the 3-lane section that goes back to the main road.
My lane was empty, let’s call it lane one – I double checked, no cars coming so of course I pulled out onto the lane..
Well I managed to pull out half way..when a taxi in the second lane decided to cut into the first lane without any signal, very suddenly..so of course I was half way out there’s nothing I can do, he just ploughed straight into the front corner of my car and didn’t stop, so he dragged the entire side of his car along my bumper..
He managed to completely crush the side light (thankfully not the headlight) and due to good design, the bumper absorbed the impact and the bracket popped (so no real dent) there’s one very deep scratch though.
Care is in the workshop now, it was time for service anyway…service is done but it’ll take another 2 days to repair and respray the bumper *sigh*.
Plus about 3-400 bucks to fix (I’ll fix the part that got busted at Plaza Damas too) + normal service.
Shit happens! Just beware of the taxis.