Every where you look there are yellow taxis. They are able to squeeze at least 4, sometimes 5, people in the back and 2 plus the driver in the front. You have to be continually aware of them as you drive for they will pull right in front of you with no warning. I don't think any of them have a working turn signal or they just don't use them. You leave any space at all between you and the car in front and a taxi squeezes in. The one thing we've noticed as they've cut us off is that most of the taxis have some kind of message painted on the back. Here are some pictures of a few of them.
What do you think this means?
Believe me, we don't!!
Those wanting a ride stand at the side of the road waving their hands. They signal using their fingers. Either pointing up or to the side. The signals indicate where they want to go. The taxi drivers also make signals by waving their hands out the windows. We haven't figured out what it all means yet. But then we're not planning on riding in a taxi!
Even the minivan taxis have a message.
They add an extra row of seats at the back and can fit in18-20 people plus a bag or two of coal or large bunches of banana. We actually saw the sliding side door fall off one van. We saw one van break down in the middle of the road. A couple of men jumped out to try and push it while everyone else just sat inside.
At lot of their messages include God.
Seeing the messages is like getting your good thought for the day.
When a taxi stops to pick people up, it's a mad dash to get in. We've seen people shoving others out of the way so they can be first.
Most of the taxis are pretty beat up. Every day you see many broken down in the middle of the road. They don't push them to the side of the road. No, they just crawl under and try and fix it right there.
Can you see the people smashed against the back window? I'll bet there were at least 15 people crammed in this little car. The more people you can get in, the more money you make.