The institution of the Public Passenger cars - "taxis", followed in Greece the same path of development as in the Western world, albeit with a "phase difference" of a few years (or decades, as far as the periphery is concerned). From the history books we learn that the first official taxi was launched in Athens in 1902, with "pirated" ones already operating. Still, the term "traffic" just entered the Greek vocabulary in 1919, when a need to control traffic congestion in Athens was felt.
We learn and are relevant photos by vehicles of the time with radial wheels, steps for entry-exit ("footboards"), round lanterns and starter cranks. The meter from which the "taxi" is named (tax = cost and meter = measure), was invented in 1881 by Friedrich Wilhelm Gustav Bruhn, a German inventor of the time.
In the Greek province the taxi was a bit slow in coming compared to Athens, since taxis needed passable roads as well as purchasing power by an adequate number of consumers to start the ball rolling. In fact, when it arrived there, the entire operation was already tightly controlled by the state, a predicament that made the taxi driver feel more like a benign “civil servant” than a businessman in the eyes of the public.
Combined with the low population coverage of the province compared to Athens, the taxi driver became "a friend, an acquaintance, our guy", who, in many cases fulfilled several roles: mover, psychologist, teacher, confessor, hospital transporter, even negotiator (not to say "obstetrician", something that also happened). It was a life rich in experiences and friendships, given a taxi driver’s objective and state controlled fee.
In Volos, a city that thrived mainly due to geography which assisted the development of a flourishing industry, EuroTaxi Volos entered the CB airwaves in 1977, with Heraklion being the forerunner in Greece (which is quite strange, since we read that CB became legal in 1978). In 2006 we celebrated a fleet of more than 200 cars, with state-of-the-art (then) technology, all in excellent working condition and with experienced and qualified drivers.
In 2014, in addition to continuous upgrades of our fleet, we introduced the internet technology in our services, installing phone applications and web-call for order receipt; this succeeded in achieving faster response to passengers, as well as full information regarding activities, destinations and offers through our website.
As you will see in subsequent screens, we refer both to issues that show what we think of our profession, as well as useful items such as presentation of our team and other resources we have available. We also present old and new services and suggestions of routes and excursions, both for our guests from abroad and for Greeks who would like to enjoy the magic of our region.
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