Jul 22, 2011

Taxi cartels, ctd

This isn't a very good picture, but it illustrates some of what I'm talking about when I mention taxi system inefficiency. This is the Rustenburg taxi rank, and one of the striking things you notice on walking in is the staggering number of idle taxis sitting around. There's probably upwards of two hundred in this rank alone. I asked a few people about that, and of course they had various reasons for it, but I cannot imagine this doesn't represent a huge waste of resources, both in terms of unused potential and just in that so many empty taxis are quite literally clogging up the rank.

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