No-Boys-Allowed Colombian Business Triples Its Size In A Month
5:41 pm, December 29th | by Hillary Reinsberg
“Fem Taxi” opened only in November with 30 cabs, but has already had to triple the number of employees due to such high demand, according to El Espectador. The service has both male and female drivers, but accepts only female passengers. The drivers get trained in female psychology and in women’s rights, and are required to have 5 years of driving experience as well as a clean criminal record.
Traveling around Medellin and other parts of Colombia isn’t the safest thing you can do, so Fem Taxi is supposed to be a particularly safe mode of transportation for women. And obviously, women are already using the service en masse.
But the service also does another thing: it’s removing the prevalent stigmas attached to taxi drivers in the region, who are often portrayed as being involved with illegal, underground business.
We’re just left wondering…why can’t there be a safe taxi service for men too? Women may be somewhat more vulnerable passengers, but it’s not like guys are bulletproof.
[via Colombia Reports]