Rose’s Radio Taxis
Us oldies fondly recall Roses Radio Taxis. Rose’s will transfer people with disabilities, but with driver assistance only, no assistive devices are available. The service is open 24 hours, seven days a week. They usually take about 20 minutes to arrive from your call. Payment is by cash only, payable directly to the cab driver. Rates are by meter at R8.00 per km, so a trip from Rosebank to OR Tambo International Airport is about 40km will cost about R270.00
AA MetroCab is a business venture between the Automobile Association of SA (AA) and BEE partner MetroCabs (Pty) Ltd. Currently available in Gauteng, they will be introducing services in major metropolitan areas. Their spacious Opel Zafira and VW Touran vehicles cater for tourists, schools, corporates, individuals and pensioners. They have a 24-hour call centre and all drivers are AA Advanced Driver qualified. Payment is cash or credit card to the driver. AA members get discounts. Response time is 15 to 30 minutes. Disabled passengers requiring assistance should pre-book 48 hours in advance. There are no assistive devices; the driver will help. Rate is about R236.00 from Rosebank to OR Tambo International Airport.
Local company SA CAB has an efficient, professional and reliable 24-hour taxi service using London Taxis for tourists, executives, families and the disabled. The cabs service major airports, hotels, business hubs and shopping centres nationally.
(Picture : SA Cab’s quaint London taxis have many mod cons including a wheelchair ramp and grab handles.)The large interior is wheelchair friendly and has a removable ramp. There’s an aided swivel seat which is electrically powered and can be lowered to the preferred level of passenger entry.
The interior has several grab handles. The seat edging is highlighted in colour contrast material for passengers with impaired vision. Guide dogs are welcome and an induction loop is incorporated into the driver/passenger intercom system for hearing aids.
Payment is either cash or credit card to the driver. Costs: From 06h00 to 22h00 – R20 fee plus first km, and R9.50 per km thereafter. From 22h01 to 05h59– R30 fee plus first km, and R9.50 per km thereafter. An airport transfer from Rosebank to OR Tambo International is a set fee of R280.00.