A heartbreaking video has been making it’s rounds online that shows the final moments of a hard working Taxi Cab drivers life. According to local media reports the incident occurred around noon last Thursday, near Ecuador’s Ficoa sector. Digital TV is reporting that the taxi driver was killed after being stabbed 16 times.
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A taxicab, also known as a taxi or a cab, is a type of vehicle for hire with a driver, used by a single passenger or small group of passengers, often for a non-shared ride. A taxicab conveys passengers between locations of their choice. This differs from other modes of public transport where the pick-up and drop-off locations are determined by the service provider, not by the passenger, although demand responsive transport and share taxis provide a hybrid bus/taxi mode.
There are four distinct forms of taxicab, which can be identified by slightly differing terms in different countries: Hackney carriages, also known as public hire, hailed or street taxis, licensed for hailing throughout communities Private hire vehicles, also known as minicabs or private hire taxis, licensed for pre-booking only Taxibuses, also come many variations throughout the developing countries as jitneys or jeepney, operating on pre-set routes typified by multiple stops and multiple independent passengers Limousines, specialized vehicle licensed for operation by pre-booking.
Although types of vehicles and methods of regulation, hiring, dispatching, and negotiating payment differ significantly from country to country, many common characteristics exist. Harry Nathaniel Allen of The New York Taxicab Company, who imported the first 600 gas-powered New York City taxicabs from France in 1907, borrowed the word “taxicab” from London, where the word was in use by early 1907. “Taxicab” is a compound word formed from contractions of “taximeter” and “cabriolet”.
“Taximeter” is an adaptation of the German word taxameter, which was itself a variant of the earlier German word “Taxanom”. “Taxe” (pronounced tax-eh) is a German word meaning “tax”, “charge”, or “scale of charges”. The Medieval Latin word “taxa” also means tax or charge. “Taxi” may ultimately be attributed to τάξις from τάσσω meaning “to place in a certain order” in Ancient Greek, as in commanding an orderly battle line, or in ordaining the payment of taxes, to the extent that ταξίδι (taxidi) now meaning “journey” in Greek initially denoted an orderly military march or campaign. Meter is from the Greek μέτρον (metron) meaning “measure”.
A “cabriolet” is a type of horse-drawn carriage, from the French word “cabrioler” (“leap, caper”), from Italian “capriolare” (“to jump”), from Latin “capreolus” (“roebuck”, “wild goat”). An alternative, folk-etymology holds that it was named for Franz von Taxis, a 16th-century postmaster for Philip of Burgundy, and his nephew Johann Baptiste von Taxis, General Postmaster for the Holy Roman Empire. Both instituted fast and reliable postal services (conveying letters not people) across Europe.
The taxicabs of Paris were equipped with the first meters beginning on March 9, 1898. They were originally called taxamètres, then renamed taximètres on October 17, 1904. Horse-drawn for-hire hackney carriage services began operating in both Paris and London in the early 17th century. The first documented public hackney coach service for hire was in London in 1605. In 1625 carriages were made available for hire from innkeepers in London and the first taxi rank appeared on the Strand outside the Maypole Inn in 1636.