There are 42000 taxis in Shanghai. Generally speaking, they are offering very nice service. Here are some of my old entries on Shanghai taxi.
More Shanghai Taxi information.
Why Shanghai’s Taxi Service is Good?
A taxi driver told me about the secret of management when I was in Shanghai.
People know there are several different color of taxis in Shanghai. If you observe carefully, you will find there will be only 8 colors of taxi in Shanghai.
Unique Color-ed Taxi
There are may taxi companies in Shanghai, and not every company are allowed to create its own branding color. Only taxi companies with more than 1000 taxis can select its own color for their taxi.
There are only 5 taxi companies reached the bar:
- Dazhong (Turquoise)
- Qiangsheng (Yellow)
- Jinjiang (White)
- Bashi (Light Green)
Check the Background story – Why lot of taxi in Shanghai are red? section in this article.
All these companies care their branding very much and are competing with each other. They have highest quality standards.
All taxi companies with less than 1000 but more than 200 forms a union called “Blue Union”, and all of them are pained blue. All these companies are strictly monitored by the Blue Union for service quality.
Indian Red Taxi
For other smaller companies, like those with 40 – 100 taxis, they are all painted red – or to be more specific, the Indian Red. The service quality is generally lower than the big companies or Blue Union. It backed the general practice in Shanghai “Avoid Red taxis”.
France Red Taxi
To be fare to the good taxi drivers in smaller companies (less than 200 taxis), a new brand is introduced. It is called France Red Taxis. They are selected from 30 taxi companies (out of the 300 “Indian Red” taxi companies) with prove good service qualities. The France Red Operation Team monitors the quality of this type of taxi and they sometimes provide even better service than the big names.
Well. As you can see, the 8 colors represent the service standard in Shanghai. I would rate them in the following order
- Turquoise taxi ( Da Zhong)
- France Red
- Yellow taxi (Qiangsheng)
- Light Green Taxi (Bashi)
- White Taxi (Jinjiang)
- Blue (Blue Union)
- Indian Red (Others)
Beijing should learn from Shanghai on the management of taxis.