Lima, Peru | Monday, March 10, 2014 12:00 am | | |
|The view from a mototaxi in Peru. (Photo by Tony Dunnell) See more photos of mototaxis in Peru.|
|A new Zongshen mototaxi, made in China and in a showroom in Tarapoto, Peru. (Photo by Tony Dunnell) See more photos of mototaxis in Peru.|
The moto-taxis that are presently on the road are a pain in the ass to those driving cars. A single moto-taxi with a 2-stroke engines pollutes more than four or five cars. How's that for the environment! You forgot to mention that the drivers pay no attention to driving correctly or safely.# Luis Vasquez says :
I guess you could say they are a novel "romantic" experience for the tourists, but for Peru they are a disaster even if they are a way for the under/uneducated to earn a living.
Moto taxis are a mode of transportation in areas such as Moyobamba, the Capital of San Martin, where the density of cars is very low. Farmers for the most part, travel in moto taxi to places like Rioja, Sporitor, Yantalo [the first green 16bed clinic is under construction in Yantalo]. AND,, he ride is only TWO soles!# Gart van Gennip says :
That's a bit harsh, isn't it, Martin? As far as I know, nobody pays much attention to driving correctly or safely, it's not just the mototaxistas. And I don't know where you get your pollution statistics from, but it seems very unlikely to me that one motokarro pollutes as much as four or five cars. But I could be wrong.# Tony Dunnell says :I live in Iquitos, and there are very few cars here. Drivers don't get angry or frustrated by motokarros; they just accept that this is the way it is. In my own experience, that is often hard to do for a gringo. So maybe the problem is not the motokarros, but the gringo's inability to accept the Peruvian way.In any case, I wouldn't call them a disaster. Sure, there's much you could say against motokarros, but overall they add to the charm of the city, they are cheap, fast and relatively safe, and they don't take up much space. So far we don't have many traffic jams here, which would be quite a different story if everyone was driving cars.BTW, the rent and the proceeds of a motokarro in Iquitos are different from those in Tarapoto. I have never heard of a mototaxista earning 70 soles a day. But maybe competition is stiffer here, I don't know.
Hi, and thanks for the comments.# rgbjr says :
Gart, I probably went a bit high on the daily earnings, to be honest. In Tarapoto, at least, it depends on the day of the week and how much an individual taxista actually works on any given day. Some of them do very well on Saturday nights, for example, when they up their prices. I'd probably edge towards the 40 sol mark for a reasonably motivated driver on a decent day. I asked a few of the drivers what they made on average – I kind of got the impression that some of the younger guys were perhaps exaggerating just a little....
As for not mentioning that some drivers pay no attention to driving correctly or safely, I did slip in the "not entirely sober" comment. Incidences of mototaxistas driving around in circles late at night while singing lewd songs have been reported in the local press...
hello# Cherrye at My Bella Vita says :
In my experience they are dangerous and a lot of them are partners with thieves if they are not thief's them self. I have a lot of experience with them I use to lice in Ceres Vitarte. I use to see them ride by slowly with two people inside one would hope out and rob someone while the other drove. They overturn because the drivers drive way too fast. They are a danger to the public. If they were that good or safe they would be allowed to be in La Molina, San Isidro, Miraflores and places like that.
Hmmm... interesting post Tony and even more intriguing comments. At first they kind of reminded me of the golf cart "taxis" in San Pedro (Belize) but after reading some of the comments I'm thinking they might be more like the "ape," (pronounced aap-aye) 3-wheeled farmers' trucks, that we have here in Italy. The ape in Italy aren't used as taxis, but the drivers go *much* slower than the average car driver and people do get rather agitated to be held up on a long road behind an ape.
How many people can ride in a mototaxi at once?