It is something I have been wondering for a very long time, and I apologise if this question is posted on the wrong site. (Kindly direct me to the correct one if that is the case)
According to the one page I found which explains the fare calculation in the UK in detail, it seems this calculation does not take on board passenger weight: http://www.aquila-electronics.co.uk/how_work.html
How can this be fair, both for the taxi driver as for its passengers?
The amount of fuel consumed is proportional to the weight of the car, its acceleration and speed, and its wind resistance (and the incline when going up a slope)
So one person travelling in a taxi increases the taxi's weight with around 200 lbs (~ 14 stone, 91 kg) for a sturdy rugby player.
However, let's say this rugby player brought 3 team members, bringing the total weight added to the car to 4*200 lbs = 800 lbs (~57 stone, 363 kg)
That is 600 lbs (~ 43 stone, 272 kg) more than the original ride for 1 person.
Quite a significant increase, which has got to affect the fuel consumption of that taxi cab noticeably.
What if the people were even bigger? (I for example am 242 lbs [~17 stone, 110 kg])
Also, going up an incline requires a lot more fuel than driving on a plane…
So in summary:
- Do taxi meters in this day and age take into account passenger weight ?
- What about going up slopes?
- If no, why not, and how would this impact a taxi driver's income?