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Member Name: fruitcake
Date: 27/06/01, updated on 27/06/01 (1261 review reads)
Advantages: Polite, friendly drivers, Comfortable reception area, Wide range of transport options
Disadvantages: Circumstances that sometimes dictate an unnecessary need to wait around in dodgy places
Chosen for no better reasons than that their base is close to approximately half a dozen pubs and just round the corner from my best mate’s place, BD (Bristol District) Taxis have had the dubious honour of my custom since they began life in 1993.
Unlike a lot of taxi companies, their office is a clean and pleasant place to wait in until a cab turns up, and gorgeously warm on winter nights. Other pick-up points are less comfortable – I’ve yet to find a BD driver who’ll leave his cab for sixty seconds to buzz the main door of the inner city tower block where my sister lives, and since none of her windows look out on to the approach road, the only way I have of knowing when they’ve turned up is to hang around on a badly-lit communal balcony until they do.
To be fair though, few Bristol taxi firms view her area of the city any differently. The only exception I’ve ever found sent out a driver who seemed to nurture a different kind of death wish. I’m quite prepared to have to rough it until I win the lottery and get myself a chauffer driven stretch Capri, but I’ll be taking my chances with BD and the balcony. At least their drivers look where they’re going.
As supporters of The Bristol Evening Post ‘Clubsafe’ campaign (http://www.bristoltaxi.com/clubsafe.htm for more details) BD taxis aren’t without *some* concern for the welfare of lone female passengers, and that’s usually in evidence once I get home and the driver refuses to pull away until I’m behind my front door. This actually backfired a little recently, when I realised I’d dropped something and was too embarrassed by my intoxicated state to retrieve it until the driver had gone, but I shouldn’t imagine I’m the first to have had my Personal Attack Alarm reversed over by a safety-conscious cabbie, and I probably won’t be the last…
Over the years, many of the faces behi
nd the wheel have become familiar ones. All are polite, friendly, and capable of taking the quickest route over the most profitable one, as well as tactfully ignoring any large, multi-coloured paper fish that might have decided to join the pub-crawl during the course of the evening. The one slightly odd character among them is The Psychic Taxi Driver. He’s only picked me up three times in the last couple of years (perhaps he saw me coming…) but he’s told me all sorts of obscure facts about me and mine, and on the first occasion even managed to tell ME where I wanted to go. Unusual, to say the very least.
Pricing competes reasonably favourably with the average for the city (i.e. standard – steep, bank holidays etc – extortionate) and there are no lengthy contrived silences at coughing-up time designed to guilt-trip you into offering an unmerited tip. That said, it’s not just Psychic that usually deserves to have his palm crossed with silver.
BD Taxis offer a 24-hour service, which, in my experience at any rate, is normally prompt and reliable, and a fleet of vehicles designed to meet most needs. These range from the usual four-door saloon to mini-buses, with several variations in between, including wedding cars and transport adapted for the disabled.
Although I could do without the lingering on the less than delightful balcony, I appreciate that the current alternatives are worse, and that in this or any other situation I’d be hard-pressed to do better than BD. With all that I’ve said in mind, I’d have no hesitation in recommending the firm to a friend, although I’ve a feeling there’s a cabbie somewhere who knew I was going to say so…
BD Taxis, 625 Fishponds Road, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 3BA (0117 9652222)
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