While the cost of locomotion has come down steadily, ownership of vehicle is not universal. Even vehicle owners might be required to move around when they do not have access to their private vehicles. The taxi service provides vehicular service to passengers by taking them from one point to another.
The taxi was born of two modern tendencies: industrialization coupled with urbanization, and democratization. While the former brought a lot many people at one place and away from their homes, the latter enabled access to public means of transport for all. The taxi, thus, became a symbol of locomotion as much as much as of equality – the publican and the patrician, the colonized and the colonizer, each have the same right to its services so long as they pay the fare.
For many tourists and strangers to a new city, the taxi is their first introduction to the city, and the taxi driver their first human contact. It is not for nothing that that in Singapore the taxi drivers are considered as unofficial ambassadors of their city-state. Taxi services come of immense use to the business travelers, the tourist and the traveler, as well as normal people. The taxi avails one the services of a car without having to own one.