Dublin taxi drivers 'fifth friendliest in the world'18/10/2012 - 11:20:51
Dublin taxi drivers were ranked fifth in the world for friendliness according to an annual survey.
However, Hotels.com poll, which rated taxis across seven categories, also found that Dublin fell to 13th in the world in the overall ranking, down four places from last year.
Receiving 5% of the overall vote, Dublin taxi drivers were narrowly beaten in the friendliness stakes by London’s black cabbies, which topped the poll with 10% despite also being named the most expensive, with Bangkok (6%), Tokyo (6%) and Buenos Aires (5%) completing the top five.
While Dublin taxi drivers fared well for their welcoming manner, they slipped four places to 13th place compared to this time last year.
The survey found that 95% of Irish travellers tip their taxi driver when abroad with 50% usually rounding up to the next number when tipping.
“Although Dublin has dropped four places in this year’s survey, it is still great to see it featuring in the top 15 in the world,” said Kate Hopcraft, from Hotels.com.
“Getting into a taxi can be one of the first experiences for a tourist coming into country so it can really leave a lasting impression and set the tone for the whole trip.”
Hugh Creegan, director of transport investment and taxi regulation said: “It’s great to see that Dublin’s taxi drivers continue to make such a good impression with visitors to our country and I congratulate them on that.
“The taxi industry nationwide is a vital part of our public transport network, and good customer service benefits everyone. This is why we must always strive for the highest standards and a consistent level of excellence.”
Hotels.com invited travellers to vote on the world’s best taxi services across seven categories – Cleanliness, Safety & Availability, Knowledge of the area, Quality of the driving, Friendliness and Value.
The survey was conducted in July 2012, using a weighted average based on a sample size of more than 1,600 respondents across 28 countries/cities.
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