Flowery meter tuk
Meters have made the trishaws that use them affordable. Unfortunately, most of the drivers they’ve hired barely know left from right, but if you know the roads that’s OK. Lately I’ve been calling 772588588 and they send a three wheeler to the house. There are guys on the corner but, as nice as they are, they tend to rip one off. These meter guys are excellent for day trips. Today, for example, I went to Maharagama to pick up tax forms, Nugegoda Arpico, Fifth Lane (Colpetty), Liberty Plaza, then back to Dehiwela. With about two hours of waiting, the bill was around Rs. 1,100. Which is really not bad at all. If you get three wheelers off the street it’s like minimum Rs. 200 for each trip. With the meter tuk it’s Rs. 50 to get in and then some small amount per kilometre.
The only downside, is that the drivers are rather dumb. For some I seriously have to yell ‘wamata wamata’ and they’re still turning right. One fellow tried to answer his phone and stalled out in the middle of the road. None of them seems to know their way around the city at all. You have to give directions to Colpetty for example. One side benefit of getting ripped off by three wheeler drivers is that they teach you new routes through the city. The downside of using a meter tuk is that you essentially have to teach these routes to the new guys.
Generally, though, I think it’s a plus. I’m resting the car (which recently escaped from Mag City) before getting a service, so meter tuks kinda fill the gap.