TAXI FARE ESTIMATE BY MOBILE You can now request a taxi fare estimate from Taxi Fare Estimator Mobile on your internet enabled phone at: Victorian Taxi Fare Estimator http://taxi.geomatic.com.au/taxifaremobile/ The Taxi Fare Estimator is a service to allow passengers to estimate the cost of a taxi trip, before embarking on the trip. This service is particularly aimed at assisting passengers with estimating a pre-paid fare between 10pm – 5am - but can be used for a trip at any time of day. The Taxi Fare Estimator can also be used from the On Line Estimator, by downloading the Taxi Gadget (if you have Microsoft Vista installed) or by sending an SMS. Using the Mobile Taxi Fare Estimator Step 1: Enter a Pick up location This defines the starting point for your taxi trip. This must be entered. Enter any of: • address of pick up location • landmark/point of interest of pick up location • train station / taxi rank name of pick up location Examples Address: 1 bourke st melbourne Place of Interest: national gallery victoria (or abbreviate to NVG) Train Station: flinders street station Taxi Rank: collins street – southern Cross Station Step 2: Enter a Going to location This defines the destination for your taxi trip. This must be entered. Enter any of: • address of pick up location • landmark/point of interest of pick up location • train station / taxi rank name of pick up location Examples Address: 1 bourke st melbourne Place of Interest: melbourne cricket ground (or abbreviate to MCG) Train Station: flinders street station Taxi Rank: collins street – southern cross station Step 3: Enter a Via stop (Optional entry) This determines if a stop between the start and end points is to be included during the trip. Enter any of: • address of pick up location • landmark/point of interest of pick up location • train station / taxi rank name of pick up location Examples Address: 1 bourke dt melbourne Place of Interest: melbourne cricket ground (or abbreviate to MCG) Train Station: flinders street station Taxi Rank: collins street – southern cross station Step 4: Enter the time for the taxi trip (Optional entry) You can request a fare to be estimated for any time of day. The mobile page defaults to the current time. • If you wish to take your trip at a different time of day select a time from the list. Step 5: Select a High Occupancy Tax (Optional) If a larger than standard taxi size is required to transport 5 or more passengers or a standard number of passengers (<5) with excess luggage, then a high occupancy tariff must be paid. The default option if this is not selected is a fare estimate based on a standard taxi. If you require a high occupancy taxi, check this option to ensure an accurate fare estimate is returned. Note: Passengers requiring a wheel chair accessible taxi do not need to select this option. Step 6: Estimate a fare Once a Pick Up and Going to have been entered, and any other optional entries configured, estimate the fare by clicking on the Estimate Fare button. If you need to start the fare over again, select the Clear button, or go back to the option and re-enter the data needed. Once fare is returned a new fare can be requested by clicking on the New Fare button. FAQS / TIPS AND TRICKS More detailed FAQs about the Taxi Fare Estimator can be found on the Information and disclaimers page. The following FAQs are specific to Taxi Fare Estimator Mobile. Entering Addresses: • An address can be entered as a full address including: House / Building / Unit Number, Street Name and Suburb or Town. The Address entry must be separated by spaces otherwise the address cannot be processed. • You can enter a Street and Suburb only or a Suburb on its own. • If an address without a suburb is entered, a fare estimate cannot be produced, as there may be many streets of the same name throughout Victoria. The Taxi Fare Estimator will not know which location for the street. • Abbreviated Street Names can be accepted when entering an address, e.g.: St ; Rd; Ave • A table of commonly accepted street abbreviations is below: Avenue Ave Drive Dv Boulevard Bvd Lane Lane Court Ct Road Rd Crescent Cres Street St • If the address cannot be located correctly by the Taxi Fare Estimator an error message will be returned. Entering Places of Interest or Landmark: A place of interest (also known as a landmark) can include any of the following types of locations: • A sporting venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground • A shopping centre: Chadstone Shopping Centre • A Hospital: St Vincent’s Hospital • A Tourist Attraction: The Melbourne Zoo • A Park: Treasury Gardens Melbourne • A Train Station: Richmond Train Station • A Taxi Rank: Clarendon Street – Hilton Hotel • A Taxi Rank: Clarendon Street – Hilton Hotel Points of Interest / Landmarks are often known to people by different names. Some names are abbreviations, others are colloquial or old uses of the place name. For the same examples given above these are some Abbreviations or Alia names that might be used: • A sporting venue: MCG • A shopping centre: Chaddy • A Hospital: St Vs • A Tourist Attraction: The Zoo • A Park: Treasury Gardens Melbourne (no alternative) • A Train Station: Richmond Station An exhaustive list of place names and abbreviations/Alias names cannot be supplied due to the large number of potential instances. Trial and error may be required to learn which place names are accepted. Some commonly accepted place names are supplied for reference in the next section. Alternatively, use the Taxi Fare Estimator Web Application to see if a Place of Interest can be found in the list. If a place of interest is in this list, then it can be used in an SMS request. High Occupancy Vehicle: For more information about the high occupancy hiring rate, please refer to the Taxi Fare information found on the Taxi Website at www.taxi.vic.gov.au.