Friday 26 June 2009 11.35am
Doesn't it say it was a return trip? Therefore I guess most if it was probably waiting time....
You are probably right on the money there TAK.
I am a black cab driver, and you would be amazed at the length of waiting times I encounter on some corporate account trips.
Wild horses could not drag the names from me of some of the big accounts who regularly do this, but it can't hurt now since their demise to tell you that Lehman Brothers was one of them.
I once waited 77 minutes with the meter running at their Canary Wharf H.Q. to take a guy to The Gun in Coldharbour for lunch.
Had he entered my cab at the prebooked time the fare would have been around £7.40 - £8.00 and taken maybe five or six minutes.
In fact it exceeded £45.00.
Only last Monday I took an account customer from Bishopsgate to Fenchurch St., a distance of less than half a mile, waited almost an hour then took her back to Bishopsgate, £39.80.
She carried nothing more than a laptop and could probably have covered the trip on foot in 10 - 12 minutes each way, or gone there in my cab and booked another when she was ready to return, probably £6.80 - £7.20 each trip.