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Tourist taxi campaign adds 100 foreign-friendly cabs

City hopes multilingual drivers will bolster international image

Tourist taxi campaign adds 100 foreign-friendly cabs

Taipei City yesterday launched a tourist taxi campaign, with more than 100 taxi drivers joining in to help create an English- and Japanese-friendly transportation environment.
Over 100 taxi drivers who passed some basic English or Japanese language tests, along with their taxis emblazoned with "I speak English" or "I speak Japanese" stickers, yesterday gathered in front of Taipei City Hall to take part in the city government's "Taipei City tourist taxi promotion campaign," aimed at upgrading the quality of taxi service for international travelers in Taipei and to boost tourism for the city.
Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin said at the gathering that with the participation of the tourist cabs, he hopes that Taipei can turn into a more international city that attracts more visitors. He also expressed admiration for cab drivers who speak Japanese or English fluently at yesterday's launch.
Beginning last June, the city government has been encouraging cab drivers in the city to acquire a second language - usually English - and "I speak English" stickers are to be distributed to drivers whose English proficiency pass basic foreign language tests. Yesterday's event marked another step forward for Taipei City's foreigner-friendly transportation policies as cab drivers that speak Japanese are also included in the program.
The city government said that in case some of the "foreigner-friendly" cab drivers get nervous when interacting with international tourists, there are wireless radios installed in the vehicles that drivers can use to contact an operations base which offers instant translation services.
Taxis with the "I speak English" or "I speak Japanese" stickers also have a hotline number "0800-011-765" sticker on the vehicle, which allows foreign tourists to receive immediate help via the city's Department of Transportation.
The transportation department said that the new taxi service will make the city's tourist hotspots more accessible to foreign visitors.


Updated : 2021-05-16 05:20 GMT+08:00