Why a Taximeter is Essential

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The Taximeter is an essential devise for both the Taxi Driver and its passengers it ensures an accurate fare is calculated for any journey undertaken. It is therefore important that when you hire a taxi to gatwick you ensure the meter is started at the beginning of your trip. That is unless you have beforehand agreed a set fare to your destination, which is always a good idea for longer journeys so everyone understands from the start.

Today’s 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 exact pre determined fare structure to be programmed in and can also be sealed to prevent tamper.

In most countries and particularly in the United Kingdom, fare levels are set by the  local authority in the area, the melbourne airport taxi is licensed to work.

In contrast to what many people believe the fare it is not set by the taxi operators themselves. The local licensing officer is responsible for ensuring the prices in a meter have been correctly set and that everything is working properly. The majority of officers will make random inspections on taxis, to check everything is in good order. A very important reason to only hire licensed taxicabs, when you need to and avoid unregulated and illegal minicab firms.

First invented by Wilhelm Bruhn the German inventor in 1891.Taximeters where mechanical devices mounted on the outside of the vehicle above the front wheel. Later modification lead to them being mounted inside the silver taxi Melbourne its self.
The mechanism was a wind up one which was infamous for its ticking sound and 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.
So before you start you taxi journey make sure the taximeter is running and most important you are in a licensed taxicab you can find many UK taxi operators listed in our A-Z Taxi Listing.