2 CNY weekend local drivers refueling after waiting to collect us

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2 CNY weekend local drivers refueling after waiting to collect us

Postby benda34 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:26 am

We had two local drivers over the CNY weekend in Kampot and regardless how early they arrived before the agreed pickup time as soon as we departed both stopped to buy fuel

Wouldn’t common sense tell you to arrived already fueled up?


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Re: 2 CNY weekend local drivers refueling after waiting to collect us

Postby Hanno » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:07 am

benda34 wrote:We had two local drivers over the CNY weekend in Kampot and regardless how early they arrived before the agreed pickup time as soon as we departed both stopped to buy fuel

Wouldn’t common sense tell you to arrived already fueled up?


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Same all over SE Asia; one of my pet hates.
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Re: 2 CNY weekend local drivers refueling after waiting to collect us

Postby Miguelito » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:12 am

Perhaps they want to be 100% sure that the ride will actually happen and that they'll be paid for it? Just a thought, and yes, it would annoy me as well.
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Re: 2 CNY weekend local drivers refueling after waiting to collect us

Postby Kachang » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:20 am

First: fuel is probably cheaper outside of Kampot, so refueling on the way saves them a ride and some money.

Second, they probably refueled with LPG which is far from available at every station.

Third: welcome to Cambodia, where they do things their way.
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Re: 2 CNY weekend local drivers refueling after waiting to collect us

Postby Spigzy » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:25 am

I once had a car that arrived and the dude hadn't killed a little mosquito that buzzed around the back until eventually flying out the window I had to open and let all the air-con out. It was an almighty inconvenience, you can check the full story on my blog.
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Re: 2 CNY weekend local drivers refueling after waiting to collect us

Postby gavinmac » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:40 am

Hanno wrote:
benda34 wrote:We had two local drivers over the CNY weekend in Kampot and regardless how early they arrived before the agreed pickup time as soon as we departed both stopped to buy fuel

Wouldn’t common sense tell you to arrived already fueled up?


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Same all over SE Asia; one of my pet hates.



It's common all over the developing world. Most taxi drivers drive cars that have less than an eighth of a tank of gas at virtually all times. They don't put gas in the car unless absolutely necessary, because the money spent on gas might otherwise be better spent on food. If they put $15 of gas in the car before a long distance trip and the passengers don't show up, then they are broke for a week.
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Re: 2 CNY weekend local drivers refueling after waiting to collect us

Postby BillyB » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:56 am

On one occasion I was asked could I "lend" the driver money so that he could buy fuel for the car.

As this was merely a part payment half way through the journey it seemed quite reasonable, I paid him the remainder of the fare when we arrived at the destination an hour later.
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Re: 2 CNY weekend local drivers refueling after waiting to collect us

Postby Playboy » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:59 am

BillyB wrote:On one occasion I was asked could I "lend" the driver money so that he could buy fuel for the car.

As this was merely a part payment half way through the journey it seemed quite reasonable, I paid him the remainder of the fare when we arrived at the destination an hour later.
I had a motodop do that once halfway home, he asked for a $1 advance on the $2.50 fare so that he could put some petrol in !?!

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Re: 2 CNY weekend local drivers refueling after waiting to collect us

Postby the chicken » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:14 am

Haha, I sometime take a taxi to other provinces they would sometime ask me to pay some so they could have change to the customers who leave first or to fill the gas. or stop to eat.
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Re: 2 CNY weekend local drivers refueling after waiting to collect us

Postby Hanno » Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:18 pm

Fair enough if the guys only want to put petrol once they know the passengers actually show up. But this has also happened to me when the car was pre-booked and pre-paid.
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Re: 2 CNY weekend local drivers refueling after waiting to collect us

Postby ផោមក្លិនស្អុយ » Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:23 pm

Failing to see much drama here.
I’m sure there are greater concerns on the roads than maybe losing 3 minutes as they fuel up.
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Re: 2 CNY weekend local drivers refueling after waiting to collect us

Postby vladimir » Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:25 pm

benda34 wrote:Wouldn’t common sense


Say what?
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Re: 2 CNY weekend local drivers refueling after waiting to collect us

Postby Marinaris » Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:56 pm

vladimir wrote:
benda34 wrote:Wouldn’t common sense


Say what?


Never heard about it here.
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Re: 2 CNY weekend local drivers refueling after waiting to collect us

Postby Mèo Đen » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:18 pm

ផោមក្លិនស្អុយ wrote:Failing to see much drama here.
I’m sure there are greater concerns on the roads than maybe losing 3 minutes as they fuel up.

At Le Mans the support team can refuel you in under a minute. In Cambodia it's more in the region of 30 minutes. :lol:
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Re: 2 CNY weekend local drivers refueling after waiting to collect us

Postby Steve Zodiac » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:21 pm

Just be thankful they didn't stop for breakfast 5 minutes into the journey.
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