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Winter Weather Conditions Challenge Taxi Drivers

Taxi cab drivers say if you know you're going to need a ride, it's always best to schedule a pickup or drop off the day before, especially with icy roadways.
JOPLIN, MO.--- Weather conditions are putting taxi cab drivers to the test. The demand seems to be greater than the supply for some taxi cab businesses.
 
"This kind of weather just brings out a lot of people that normally drive, but when the snow comes down, they don't like driving on the snow, so they just start calling taxis," said Jerry Dallies, Owner Affordable Taxi.

Jerry Dallies owns Affordable Taxi in Joplin. He says his biggest challenge during wintry weather is fighting the clock. 

"Time it takes to run a call has almost doubled what it normally does when the weather is dry and the roads are dry," said Dallies. 

The number of calls can become overwhelming. 

"Just creates a little bit of a havoc, because you just can't cover them all," said Dallies. 

Dallies says when snow and ice fall - streets other drivers are avoiding become the roads taxi drivers must defeat.  

"You gotta pick people up where they're at. A lot of times, as you can tell, the main roads are use to getting done, but the side streets hardly get touched," said Dallies. 

Dallies says he can recall only one time during his career when road conditions were too dangerous, even for service drivers. 

"February 1, 2011, when we got a snow storm that dropped almost two feet of snow, and that was pretty much it. Just one, well actually really about half a day and back on the road, we gotta take care of everybody again," said Dallies. 

Taxi cab drivers say if you know you're going to need a ride, it's always best to schedule a pickup or drop off the day before, especially with icy roadways.
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