I do a lot of running around in cabs here in Taipei, including a fairly regular commute to and from work (afternoons and evenings). I was thinking recently that rather than fork out lots of small amounts to many cab drivers, why don’t I just have a regular driver and pay him a lump sum up-front, say, once a week. I guess I’m currently spending about NT$5,000 a month, and could easily double that if I used cabs as much as I’d actually like to (I don’t have a car or scooter). NT$10,000 per month would have to be a significant proportion of a cab driver’s income, and would seem to suggest there might be a market for this kind of thing.
My questions: Does anyone use, or know of someone else who uses, a regular cab driver in Taipei? What do you (or they) pay them for the service, and how do you calculate the fee? Do you have set times for travel (e.g. a standard commute to and from work), or is your driver “on call”?
Thanks in advance.