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Cars and the big city!

Right from the beginning, it has to be admited, that the psychological factor of owning a Car is not taken into

consideration in this page. But this pschychological factor is in fact the root of the problem with cars. There is no rational reason for a person living in a city to own a car. To keep a car for an occasional trip to the countryside?

On the other hand, what’s wrong with owning a car since public transportation is insufficient?

Public Transportation

Public transportation in the city is divided in:

I.   Rails – subways and commuter trains.

II.  Streets – busses and taxis.

The main axises of the city is dertermined by the rails and can’t be changed.

But busses and taxis can be changed easily.

Remodelling Busses and Taxis

Busses and taxis are cars, which are outsized for the city.

Even the smallest cars are built for middle range travels, in comfort and high speed.

The bigger the cars get, the more comfort they offer and allow even longer trips in higher speed.

The demand for energy and resources grows, of course, with the size of the cars.


The speed limit in towns is 50 kilometer per hour.

Why do the busses and taxis have to be able to drive faster in the city?

Energy and Resources

By reducing the speed less resources are needed to build the cars.

Everything can be built lighter. The security cell can be lighter since the limited speed and weight lessens the

impact in the case of an accident.

The engine can be small and so is the energy demand for moving the car.


The size of the cars can vary from one-seater to the as many seats as possible. See the pictures from Maastricht and Siegburg further down.


Of course, all cars can be bought by private people but the best is to rent the car when it is needed. And to rent the car size that is actually needed. If only 1 person needs a ULCV for the day it wouldn’t make much sense to rent a 4 seater car.

Every neighborhood should have a ULCV- car rental.

Another possibility is to have ULCV-taxis.

A Comp-op would be the right enterprise for it!

Prices and Fares

As the price of a ULCV is much cheaper than the one for conventional cars fares for the taxis will be accordingly low.


The ULCV taxis would be much more flexible and could close the gaps in the system of public transportation for a sensible price for the consumers.

Communal Taxis

In many countrie in the world the communal taxi is quite common.  In the highly developed countries communal taxis are unknown.

Some 20 years ago the chief of public transportation in Frankfurt/M. – Germany told the author, that because of insurance reasons, there are no communal taxis in Germany.

If that is all, laws can be changed and the insurence companies would have a new sort of policy to sell.

But never mind Germany, it seems that the New York City cabbies are a step ahead!


In the poorest countries Rickshaws are used. That is lowest need for resources and technical energy. The question remains whether it is good for the drivers. So in some countries the motorized Auto- Rickshaw is employed, truly a ULCV. But now new engines must be integrated.

As the Velotaxi in Hamburg shows is the modern time Rickshaw not adapted to the northern climate. Which means it is no solution, because tourists use it in good weather. And there isn’t too much of it anyway. The second point is, that because of the reclining position of the driver the vehicle becomes longer and uses more land. Third point is, that an engine would allow to operate the ULCV for much longer time and distances.

Nesseq cannot offer own pictures of Rickshaws.

Taxis are luxury cars

Taxis are luxury cars

Those pictures were taken in Euskirchen, a small town near Cologne in Germany. Pretty big cars for such a small town!

The first car is as big as a SUV.

More luxury cars

More luxury cars

In broad day light the taxis are waiting for passengers.

Because it is expensive to use a taxi, the waiting is long.

Also a way of transporting people

Also a way of transporting people

This picture was taken in Maastricht in the Netherlands.  This vehicle is for sight seeing in the city. But there is no reason why it shouldn’t serve as a bus.

Without the trailer for the time with less traffic.

With trailer for peak traffic!

Siegburg I

Siegburg I

This vehicle is for sight seeing in Siegburg/Germany.

On the back of the trailer is the contraption which allows wheelchairs to enter the car.

Siegburg II

Siegburg II

One Seater

One Seater

This picture was taken in Tel Aviv/Israel. The vehicle is for elderly people who have difficulties to walk longer distances. The speed is limited to 25 km/h.

With a closed body the ULCV becomes a all weather vehicle.

It can be built for two or even three people. For instance as a taxi with one driver and two passengers.

In many countries in the world Communal Taxis are quiet common.

Communal Taxi I

Communal Taxi I

Only in the highly developed countries there aren’t any.

Although something is changing even in New York City!

Although these kind of Communal taxis are used within the city limits, the vehicles are made for intercity traffic in metropolitan areas.

On the piture below is written the route and:

10 passenger and driver.

Pictures  by Dana Baschwitz,  Rishon Le Zion/Israel.

Communal Taxis II

Communal Taxis II

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