Story: Taxis and cabs

The character of cab drivers

The character of cab drivers

Cabmen were often accused of being associated with prostitution. At the least, most would have known the location of brothels, which were illegal. Cab drivers had to prove that they were of good character to get a licence from the local authority. In 1885 Wellington City Council’s hackney carriage inspector wrote up a list of cabbies known to drive prostitutes in their cabs, and threatened to cancel their licences. But 13 years later Police Inspector John Cullen claimed that Auckland drivers were even worse, according to Wellington’s Evening Post.

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Reference: Evening Post, 18 November 1898, p. 6

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Jane Tolerton, 'Taxis and cabs - Horse-drawn hansom cabs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/20789/the-character-of-cab-drivers (accessed 25 January 2020)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 11 Mar 2010