Taxi driver Ales Borken has a good reputation in Denmark.
But in his new book, The Danish Taxi, he offers some advice for potential taxi drivers in the country.
It’s the taxi service he’s been working on for nearly a decade.
Borkens Taxi is the first and only one to make the leap from a truck to a taxi.
Its name is derived from the word taxi, which translates roughly as “taxi.”
It’s also the first taxi to offer passengers a separate compartment for each driver.
“It was very important to me to be able to do it this way,” said Bork, 46, who has been driving for 20 years.
For Borkes, it was a big step to take.
Taxi drivers typically use only one cab to take passengers.
When Bork’s company launched, he had to buy new taxis every year and had to keep them for his family.
Now, every day he has a new cab in his fleet, with a new driver every month.
Borken says he’s not trying to reinvent the taxi business.
He says taxi drivers can’t afford to wait around for a better one.
“I don’t have to worry about how to do my job, and that’s why I like this job,” he said.
The new taxi service will be a way for taxi drivers to earn extra cash and be able offer more rides, Bork wrote.
He said he’s also aiming to change the taxi industry by reducing costs.
Instead of driving a truck, Bockens Taxi will operate as a cab, and its drivers will receive a daily allowance of 10 Danish kroner ($1.65) a day.
He will be able choose a different taxi service to drive each trip.
It means drivers will be free to work as many hours as they like, he said, while paying more for gas and insurance.
A lot of people, especially in Denmark, want to live in cities and have their own cars, Binkens said.
But, if they don’t, they can’t rely on the taxi company.
I think a lot of drivers are very unhappy with the way they’re living, he added.
“They want to be a part of the city, but they can only do so if they work at the same time as their customers.”
Bockens will pay himself 10 Danish Kroner ($0.15) per hour for each ride, plus 10 kroners ($0,08) for insurance and parking fees.
He also will pay 50% of the fare, or the price of the ride, to the owner of the taxi, as well as to the insurance company.
The owner of a taxi can choose to have the driver work from home for free.
All of the rides will be paid for by the owner, and Bockins customers will be required to pay for the rest of the trip.
The new service will take off from the next taxi service, called Taxi 2.0.
This one-way service will replace the taxi companies currently in operation in Copenhagen, Oslo and Copenhagen.
Taxi 2 will be the only company offering passengers a private compartment for drivers, with no other cars, according to Bork.
Unlike the taxi services in Copenhagen and Oslo, there will be no additional taxes for the owner.
Possible changes to taxi laws could come from the government, such as an increase in the number of drivers allowed to operate.
A few people in the industry are pushing for more regulation, but Bork said he believes taxi drivers are happy to be left alone.
We can’t force them to be more efficient,” he added, but we can change the way we do business.
Borkens will take over as CEO of Taxi 2 in the summer.
To find out more about The Danish Cab, visit www.thedanishcab.com