The Importance of the Taximeter

The Importance of the Taximeter

The modern taximeter is an important digital instrument calibrated to measure the distance and or time a taxi travels during its period of hire. It allows for an accurate predetermined fare structure to be programmed in and can also be sealed to prevent tamper. In most countries and particularly in the United Kingdom, fares are set by the local authority in the area, the taxi is licensed to function. Contrary to what many people believe it is not set by the taxi companies themselves.

The local licensing officer is responsible for ensuring the fares in a meter have been correctly set and that all is working properly. Many officers will make surprise inspections on taxis, to check everything is in good order. A very important reason to only use licensed taxicabs, when you need to and avoid unregulated and illegal minicab firms.

Originally invented by the German inventor Wilhelm Bruhn in 1891 Taximeters were mechanical devices sited on the outside of the means above the front wheel. Later alteration rule to them being relocated inside the taxicab its self. The wind up mechanism with its infamous ticking sound was to be found in taxis worldwide. There is evidence that a simple taximeter existed back in Roman times based on a wheel rotation, ball release devise. Where we can assume customers paid at the end of a trip so much for each ball that had been released.

The Taximeter is an basic devise for both the Taxi Driver and its passengers It ensures an accurate fare is calculated for any journey undertaken. It is consequently important that when you hire a taxi you ensure the meter is engaged at the start of your trip. That is unless you have before agreed a set fare to your destination, which is always a good idea for longer journeys so everyone knows were they stand from the start.

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