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Santo Domingo. – Santo Domingo mayor Roberto Salcedo today received the first 700 cars of the 3,000 which are part of a fleet of taxis for Greater Santo Domingo.

The all-yellow taxis, from the China automaker BYD (Build Your Dreams), arrived at San Soucí Port, and will be financed for eligible drivers with a 50% tax exemption.

Salcedo said the new taxis aim to improve the quality of the service in the Dominican capital, where riders can travel in comfort and safety.

“When you board a taxi you’ll know that it’s not just any a taxi, but a taxi which is regulated, properly identified and which its driver can guarantee a good service,” the official said, adding that the City Council’s Taxi Regulatory Agency (CART), will orient the drivers and issue the operating permits.

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88 comment(s)
Written by: xwill7, 5 Feb 2010 1:37 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
cab drivers love corrolla and civics. are these cars long lasting?
Written by: Blutarsky This user is banned, 5 Feb 2010 1:39 PM
From: Dominican Republic, No Spin Zone
Hippo and the PRD ripped them off last time they pulled this and those poor guys are still, paying for the Korean cacharos
Written by: tejada, 5 Feb 2010 1:45 PM
From: United States
wonder how long until drivers rip the front seats outs to put in some old couch so they can take more passengers... or jam a smelly cooking gas cylinder in the trunk to get it to work with natural gas.
Written by: xwill7, 5 Feb 2010 1:45 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
conconete your site sucks
Written by: dominica, 5 Feb 2010 1:49 PM
From: United States
hey conconete, send me a mesage privately on this with your site. i'd like to read it.
Written by: glomarexplorer, 5 Feb 2010 1:54 PM
From: United States, Fresh Water Paradise-NY Finger Lakes

If my eyes don't deceive me that clearly looks like a 2-door coupe, not a taxi. Also, the Chinese have shamelessly imitated a Mercedes Benz-just look at the front! Hope they are paying royalty; if not, they've come to the right place in DR, where all crimes are forgiven for those connected.

MJEV.
Written by: zooma, 5 Feb 2010 1:56 PM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic


When will this country ever learn? You get what you buy.

It is better in the long run to buy at a higher price a known brand that has a service and parts infrastructure that can support the product to extend its use. That on a per kilometer basis over the vehicle's lifetime the operating cost will be more economical, efficient, and will offset the buy price.

One can expect these BYD taxis will have a very short life, the majority of them will be rusting away or cannibalized for parts.



Written by: Blutarsky This user is banned, 5 Feb 2010 2:07 PM
From: Dominican Republic, No Spin Zone
this was to give the new dealer a running start ......if they are any good and economical..... maybe ?
Written by: dominica, 5 Feb 2010 2:31 PM
From: United States
From what I know of BYD, it is an electric car maker that warren buffet (the 2nd richest man in the world) invested 10% in. They are now the largest electric car maker in china. Pretty interesting. Warren Buffett usually invests in good companies with good products so I am not sure what this means for their commerce with DR though. But these do look like knockoffs from mecedez.
Written by: anthonyC, 5 Feb 2010 2:39 PM
From: United States
BYD's cannot be sold in the USA and European Union nations as they don't meet their Safety and emission standards.

Don't expect airbags for the passengers.

M/B is suing and have filed a complaint with the WTO. Look for a resolution in about 20 years.

Now the fact that the DR's Government is buying cars to all but give to the Taxi companies is so wrong that it defies belief.
Written by: joblitsky, 5 Feb 2010 2:44 PM
From: United States
I'm going to have to agree with the spelling. A couple grammatical errors doesn't hurt but they're beginning to pop up in, literally, every article on DT. Sooner or later the people start noticing and it's not leaving a good impression on the site.
Written by: WalterPolo, 5 Feb 2010 3:06 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
Chinese version of Lada. No parts, no service, no good.

Somebody got greased big time over this deal.
Written by: mandouafrika, 5 Feb 2010 3:09 PM
From: United States
Would have been better to purchase old 90's Lexuses or Diesel Mercs as taxis instead of Chinese knockoffs.
Written by: fedadiaz This user is banned, 5 Feb 2010 3:18 PM
From: Dominican Republic
I bet is better ride one of them than those conchos cars in DR without doors or windows, broken seats not air conditioned and seven people inside. Another thin is the driver cursing everybody in front of his car without respect for his passengers or anybody, sometimes driving drunk, not driver license or car insurance, mechanical problems of all kind and more.

Written by: xwill7, 5 Feb 2010 3:26 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
cab drivers only want corrolla and civic.. parts are cheap everywhere and they both have bullet proof engines.. They can run one million miles if they do the maint... Just paint the current cabs yellow... too many cabs making traffic in SD and Santiago already!
Written by: dominicanheartbeat, 5 Feb 2010 3:37 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Its a great alternative to the metro and they will compliment Ognads camels very well ..
Written by: Sajomero, 5 Feb 2010 4:28 PM
From: United States, Del primer Santiago de America....y el mejor!!!
This is very good for the Capital which has the most disgusting fleet of Taxis in the world. Its bad enought that the conchos are falling apart, but to have the taxis in the same state of disrepair is a total ripoff. Hopefully they'll take out the obsolete ones out and not just rent them out to another driver.
Written by: xwill7, 5 Feb 2010 4:36 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
The cab drivers might get new cars but the bottle of brugal will be under the seat
Written by: snoopyy3k, 5 Feb 2010 4:58 PM
From: United States
I hope these drivers that get these cars, know who to take care of them. At the very least those that damage the cars should be penalized in some way.
Written by: jarabacoa, 5 Feb 2010 4:59 PM
From: United States
anything but those guaguas voladoras..good job leonel
Written by: xwill7, 5 Feb 2010 5:03 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
Most concho drivers do not care if the crash into you... Most of the times the car is rented and they are not the owners.. This is why they don't care if the crash into you..
Written by: josean, 5 Feb 2010 5:15 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

So LIE-onel Fernandez is finally giving up on the useless METRO!
Written by: ateo2010 This user is banned, 5 Feb 2010 5:37 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Owning Noobs
xwill7, the problem on where and how they would get the parts for maintenance was already solved, the president of Peravia Motors company the same one that imports this cars, assures that has all the parts needed, and services to offer. This cars are very nice looking , something is something and this is better than nothing.
Written by: xwill7, 5 Feb 2010 5:48 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
ateo,
you can get parts for toyota corrolla in any small town in DR... What if your taxi cab from china breaks down in samana? Are you going to have to get the part in SD or Santiago?
Written by: josean, 5 Feb 2010 5:50 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

x,

Stop it with the hard questions!
Written by: ateo2010 This user is banned, 5 Feb 2010 5:53 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Owning Noobs
xwill, we are a talking about Taxi cars who for now will only operate in SD not in Samana or other places in the interior. So there's no worry about that.
Written by: josean, 5 Feb 2010 6:22 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

LIE-onel Fernandez please give ateo one of these little Hot Wheels!
Written by: xwill7, 5 Feb 2010 6:38 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
ateo,
we all know that cab drivers use the taxi as their personal car... even if its painted yellow... Also, parts will not be as cheap as parts for cars like corrolla, civic, montero, crv, rav 4... these cars are all over the place in DR...
Written by: josean, 5 Feb 2010 6:44 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
Here is some more inspiring transportation news!

I propose TV marathon to help the Victims of LIE-onel Fernandez 's METRO!

What IDITOS we have for leaders! The whole world must be laughing at us!

Donation for the Metro

The Santo Domingo Metro line has received a US$1 million injection of funds to be spent on the logistical coordination of the planned feeder routes, which have still not started operating. The Transport Reorganization Office (OPRET), better known as the Metro office, says that traffic is now up to 50,000 passengers a day. The original forecast was for 200,000 passengers a day, as reported in El Caribe. OPRET announced that the Inter-American Development Bank would be making a US$1 million non-reimbursable loan to the government for the project. Yesterday Metro spokesman Leonel Carrasco defended the Metro, saying that the first metro line couldn’t be described as a failed operation just because it has not achieved its target passenger numbers.
Written by: josean, 5 Feb 2010 6:48 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
What are the priorities schools, drinking water or METROS?

Guess what LIE-onel Fernandez and Corruption Incorporated a.k.a. the PLD chose?


Save water or else!

The director of the Santo Domingo Aqueduct and Sewer Corporation (CAASD), Ramon Rivas, has called on the population to ration the use of water because of the current drought problem and “because the vast majority of water used in its systems is superficial, so when there is drought the flow of water in the rivers decreases.”
Rivas asked the population “not to waste water, just use what is necessary and be patient with the current distribution of the water.” The director acknowledged that there is usually very little rainfall over the next few months, and that “water supply schedules have been changed” due to the shortage. He said that they would investigate the situation in areas where people have no water at all.
Written by: Yucahu, 5 Feb 2010 7:06 PM
From: United States, Miami
Pero tu ta loco!!! I would never ride one of these BMW Rip offs!! Gimmie an old, smokey, busted with the seats shifting and the rusted rickety datsun with the driver sticking his hand out the window wiggling his index finger in the air anytime! Oh and when you step inside the doors have the panels removed and you get that great stripped down look! Oh yeah it's a scream alright, no AC and the music a to lo q da, o radio mil informando tocando en la radio ahi si hay!!!!!!

Cogelo caramba!!!

Man I love DR!
Written by: etiennc01, 5 Feb 2010 7:18 PM
From: United States
it is fun to see ateobigot2010 and jose n ann at each other's throats,My two favorite martians
Written by: ateo2010 This user is banned, 5 Feb 2010 7:27 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Owning Noobs
Yucahu, offcourse you'll never drive in one of this nice cars because you live in the US!!, how is it going up there did you lost your insurance coverage for you and your family already ?

Josean, did you ate your mud cookie already?, don't forget to clean your hands after you eat!!
Written by: Perez, 5 Feb 2010 7:55 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Hmmmm.... Build Your Dreams? doesn't sound convincing. I know that in peru, Li-fan cars were having tons of problems like the speedometer wasn't even working and the car accelerated any way it felt like it. the shift knobs wasn't working either!! scary!
Written by: Perez, 5 Feb 2010 7:57 PM
From: Dominican Republic
heck i would prefer an 70's mercedes diesel just like the ones in the middleeast!
those are durable!!!
Written by: LBachatu809, 5 Feb 2010 10:35 PM
From: United States, Brooklyn
Oh man this car looks like a C-class benz!! Mierda, i know that's some cheap car. In DR it will not last long. Chinese cars=no good. I went on google and this brand BYD has all sorts of cars, they copy everybody. I bet they get their parts from the left overs and defective materials of the big automakers.
Aqui tan los tietos, oh si lets put it together with Elmers glue and ship them to DR. And lets charge an arm and a leg, after all it looks like a Benz!! Lets ship a large amount by the time they notice what a piece of s**t they are is going to be too late. LOL WHAT A RIP OFF!!!
Written by: Botemon, 5 Feb 2010 10:50 PM
From: Dominican Republic, La Isabella
Aw come on folks!
The cars look great! And.... they will make the tourists "feel" better!!!!….kinda like the stoplights! :() And for the bottle of Bugal under the seat? PERKS!
Written by: glomarexplorer, 5 Feb 2010 11:16 PM
From: United States, Fresh Water Paradise-NY Finger Lakes

Perez,

I am with you, brother.

Those 5-cylinder 300D Turbo-Diesel MB's from mid-seventies to 1983 were the best-what a durable engine! Wish I had one.

MJEV.
Written by: LBachatu809, 6 Feb 2010 1:54 AM
From: United States, Brooklyn
1983??? Diablooo! LOL Older than the sun, and older than me!! But they are better than the BYD BS theyre taking to DR. All the trash ends up over there. Ugh
Written by: ZonaDominicana, 6 Feb 2010 3:54 AM
From: United States, Orange County, California
There is no quality product coming from China. Let's see how long those cars will last in the streets of Santo Domingo.
Written by: Ricardolito, 6 Feb 2010 4:07 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
out of the frying pan into the fire !!!
Written by: mrweepa1, 6 Feb 2010 2:39 PM
From: United States, Huntington Station NY. Juan Dolio DR.
This car looks like a two door match box car ? Why is a small car like this being used as a taxi? And MADE IN CHINA ????? If you need repair parts, Where do ya get em?
Written by: Blutarsky This user is banned, 6 Feb 2010 5:57 PM
From: Dominican Republic, No Spin Zone

DomRep orders cabbies to only drive yellow cabs
The Associated Press
Friday, February 5, 2010; 5:47 PM
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- More than 3,000 bright yellow taxis will soon be zipping around the Dominican Republic.
Officials have ordered that cabs be identified by the standard color to regulate the business and ensure passenger safety.
The government has bought a fleet of new yellow Toyota Corollas to be used as taxis in the capital of Santo Domingo and the northern city of Santiago. Several banks and a state institution issued a $129 million loan to buy the cars. They start circulating Wednesday.
Taxi drivers have the option of painting their current cab yellow or buying one of the new ones and receiving a tax break.
The government said Friday it also plans to certify drivers.
Written by: Perez, 6 Feb 2010 6:52 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Hey glomarexplorer i wish to have a mercedes 300 D as well!! those nice steel or Iron body, with interior leather and those nice yellow lights on the front. I had a family member that used to own those mercedes that had 4 headlights one on top of each other lke the pontiac GTO and iit had a navy blue body with beige interior. Sad thing is that he told me he wrecked it. ( I refuse to beleive it). :( the 300 d series benz are still running strong in africa!
Written by: glomarexplorer, 6 Feb 2010 7:36 PM
From: United States, Fresh Water Paradise-NY Finger Lakes

Perez,

If my memory serves me right, that 5-cylinder T-Diesel engine got voted best engine of all time. I am always in market for one, even though I drive a free advanced development CNG Opel Zafira car [it is actually a 2012 model year, pre-production]. If I could find one with no more than 125k miles I would buy it on the spot, assuming that it comes from a warmer state, where they do not use road salt.

MJEV.
Written by: dreadlocks, 6 Feb 2010 7:38 PM
From: United States
actually, anthonyc, they are not giving the cabs to any and every taxi driver. the ones who get them are referred to in polite circles as the PARTY FAITHFUL.
Written by: anthonyC, 6 Feb 2010 8:12 PM
From: United States
Dready,

You know as well as I do that this is just a payoff to the Sindico.
Written by: PatDiamond, 6 Feb 2010 9:31 PM
From: Botswana, La reconnaissance est une lachete'
Boy its fair to assumed somebody got a major kick back on this one. Buying Chinese made cars to do taxi In DR. I will promise you these cars will not last 3 years on the road before they start to break down. In Jamaica which is a very mountainous country Toyota corolla hatchbacks are the cars of choice for taxis (durability and easy to maintain).

Last year while in Haiti I had the honor of driving a fairly new Chinese SUV, safety and quality control must not be part of these manufactures lexicon. This vehicle was automatic with no safety button on the shifter ,numerous times car was shift in neutral accidentally by my leg while driving. My friend who owned the vehicle told me once his leg was pin to his garage wall by accident , his 2 year old son was in the car while it was running and shifted it into reverse(foot on the brake is not required to shift into gear). Second the rubber on the steering wheel was completely loose . This vehicle was no more than a year old.
Written by: etiennc01, 6 Feb 2010 9:58 PM
From: United States
oh Lord what a day. I have so much fun !!!!!
ateoloco2010 and jose n ann lovers quarrel !
They are compatible with each other.
When did Dominican Today become a dating site ???????
Written by: junglemonkey, 6 Feb 2010 11:02 PM
From: United States
1) Maybe an error in translation but if this was heading was written in the u.s. it would be considered racist (politically incorrect) by many: "chinese yellow" and would never had made it to the press.

2) the chinese make a lot of products for their domestic use...these products are generally crap when it comes to quality (but very very very cheap). these cars ill give 6 months before they fall apart (actually in dominican hands it will be 2 months)! and when they do ill give 2years to find/ship parts over here to fix them!! (knock on wood)

3) for those that say that everything the chinese make is crap...i know what u mean but it isnt so...ALL the big name companies are over there with their plants....the difference between what the chinese make for their use and what they make for the big companies (like ibm, hp, matel, etc.) is that these companies have strict quality control.

4)i hope that pic is not the actual taxi...looks like a two door "wants to be a" sporty car.
Written by: dreadlocks, 7 Feb 2010 11:33 AM
From: United States
PatDiamond, you said a mouthful.the chinese cars will be just about as sturdy as the chinese motorcycles, which rust away while you ride. there appears to be no word in the chinese vocabulary which equates to QUALITY CONTROL. the products are cheap, but they are also crap. with the legendary dominican proclivity for failing to give routine and preventive maintenance, i foresee a huge pile of yellow scrap iron before christmas
Written by: mandouafrika, 7 Feb 2010 1:33 PM
From: United States
I still don't understand why SD would buy new cars from China? If you are going to buy a cheap and reliable new point A to point B car...Korean is the only way to go.
Written by: generoso, 8 Feb 2010 7:44 AM
From: Dominican Republic, ****Raise your words, not your voice. Rain grows food, not thunder.****

I saw the cars in the docks this weekend and they had four doors, and did look pretty sturdy from the outside for heavy duty use. Photo in the article shows the wrong model. Give these taxis time before being so critical of them, who knows they might make a lot of you eat your words. LOL.
Written by: Blutarsky This user is banned, 8 Feb 2010 7:51 AM
From: Dominican Republic, No Spin Zone
is this quote from an API article correct I hope so..." Taxi drivers have the option of painting their current cab yellow or buying one of the new ones and receiving a tax break."
Written by: Blutarsky This user is banned, 8 Feb 2010 7:52 AM
From: Dominican Republic, No Spin Zone
Genoroso has cornered the yellow paint supply
Written by: josean, 8 Feb 2010 11:50 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

LIE-onel Fernandez should color coordinate and have the useless METRO painted yellow as well!
Written by: Blutarsky This user is banned, 8 Feb 2010 11:56 AM
From: Dominican Republic, No Spin Zone
keep sweeping
Written by: josean, 8 Feb 2010 12:06 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

keep repeating
Written by: abc200, 8 Feb 2010 12:08 PM
From: United Kingdom, Dominican Republic
A lot of sour grapes . lucky Americans will soon be able to purchase BYD.
http://autoshow.autos.msn.com/aut....ticle.aspx?cp-documentid=16411109
SD will have a superior fleet of Taxis.
S.
Written by: Blutarsky This user is banned, 8 Feb 2010 12:27 PM
From: Dominican Republic, No Spin Zone
the lobotomized one speaks from his cage in Samana as he plays with bubbles the chimp
Written by: guillermone, 8 Feb 2010 12:33 PM
From: United States, Bring Back DT Forum
GEN-I agree with your always words of wisdom, balance and reason. What most everybody has criticized above is very familiar to how people once referred to as junk, anything made from this one particular small post-World War II country . "Made in Japan" (Mierda de Japón) was once synonymous to cheap and inferior quality; they made products which fell apart soon after purchase, yet today it is precisely the opposite. It is well known, an automatic given, that products that come from Japan is equal to precision and high standards. It is ironic how Japan at one time made one of the worse products on earth, yet later became a technological marvel. So let us not underestimate China quite yet, with its size, man power and industrial capacity, it can easily become something unimaginable. Do not be surprised if BYD in the future displaces Toyota as the leading car manufacturer. Recent press release has already begun to show never seen signs of weakness, auto recalls as a consequence of defects
Written by: bienamor, 8 Feb 2010 12:38 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo
Why does this remind me of the Hynda tourist taxi's of 10 years ago. yellow and still see a few today.

And are we talking about real taxi's like apollo, rondon etc. or motoconchos.

motoconchos will all be busted to hell in a month, and just like now no maintence. will there be a reasonable limit on the number of passengers, as 4 and 2 dont fit so well, I know of one that tries to fit that in a march! just because thats the normal number.
Written by: Blutarsky This user is banned, 8 Feb 2010 1:08 PM
From: Dominican Republic, No Spin Zone
Says guiliermone about Toyota ......"Made in Japan" (Mierda de Japón) was once synonymous to cheap and inferior quality; they made products which fell apart soon after purchase, yet today it is pricisely the opposite. It is well established, "
Written by: abc200, 8 Feb 2010 1:16 PM
From: United Kingdom, Dominican Republic
blut's caviar has not arrived yet!
S.
Written by: glomarexplorer, 8 Feb 2010 1:28 PM
From: United States, Fresh Water Paradise-NY Finger Lakes
In a technologically and price competitive world, such as we are presented with today, are we really willing to fund Chinese learning curve with our hard-borrowed financial resources?

No, I think not. They should be able to hit ground running, so to speak, and be not only cost-competitive, but also quality and performance and durability and reliability competitive-from getgo! That's what smart shoppers expect to day; nothing less. I face that challenge every single day, since I sell to all major car makers in world.

Pay no attention to "Mucho Loco", or soon you'll eat your feces, drink your urine.

I truly hope nobody buys these croppy vehicles, for they are far from where they should be today. Those who do buy them, must do so at own peril, and public must not be expected to bail them out-although LF, governing by the "devine right of kings" mentality, would feel free to raid the treasury readily for any of his pet projects, just like the METRO.

MJEV.
Written by: Blutarsky This user is banned, 8 Feb 2010 1:34 PM
From: Dominican Republic, No Spin Zone
But glomy the metro is good and getting bigger and better to serve the people all the people ......even the guy who sweeps up after the elephants
Written by: glomarexplorer, 8 Feb 2010 1:52 PM
From: United States, Fresh Water Paradise-NY Finger Lakes
Great Blutarsky,

Overall, the idea of a METRO is good as people mover and reduction in congestion, pollution. However, it cannot operate at unsustainable deficits, or else it becomes a luxury we simply cannot afford.

There should be a study conducted by an external an impartial entity to determine the future viability of this endeavor, and how it could be fixed so it works similarly to those in other places such as Switzerland, Barcelona, etc.

I don't want to hear comments like: "too big to fail; we are over-committed; etc." We do not need a chain and anchor around our necks. If it can't be salvaged, then sell it for scrap, together with Leonel's legacy; in fact, run him out of town and send Zelaya with him.

MJEV.
Written by: generoso, 8 Feb 2010 1:52 PM
From: Dominican Republic, ****Raise your words, not your voice. Rain grows food, not thunder.****


Chinese diesel engines are legendary for their durability and resistance to abuse. I witnessed one operating in a farm in DR, coupled to a US made power generator that had been working flawlessly for over 30 years!
One thing it was noisy as hell, and the owner had to install it underground enclosed by partial steel drum halves and a periscope type muffler.
Written by: josean, 8 Feb 2010 1:58 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

Banistan can drive the YELLOW TAXI!
Written by: josean, 8 Feb 2010 2:06 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


"One thing it was noisy as hell, and the owner had to install it underground enclosed by partial steel drum halves and a periscope type muffler."

Professor,

Are you sure you were not riding the Villa Mella Chicharron Express from Mama Tingo after one too many Presidentes, accompanied by a couple of ladies claiming to be señortias?
Written by: abc200, 8 Feb 2010 2:11 PM
From: United Kingdom, Dominican Republic
Their Mitsubishi engines will blow up, the wheels fall off, the horns may not function, the yellow paint will blister and the drivers will have to throw out a big anchor to stop. When I bought my Chinese motorcyle for a 1000 dollars new 5 years ago everyone like glo laughed and said it wouldn't last but it is still going strong.
BYD produce top selling compact cars in China.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BYD_F3
Alll the 400,000 cars produced by BRD are broken down, lying in ditches or have been cannibalised
http://www.byd.com/buzz/media-rep....rly-sales-to-top-400000-vehicles/
That's much more than major brands such Volvo or Mercury.
S.
Written by: abc200, 8 Feb 2010 2:25 PM
From: United Kingdom, Dominican Republic
Debt can be cancelled if it gets too burdensome.
http://www.globalexchange.org/countries/americas/nicaragua/3150.html
In time the metro will create employment in numerous ways
S.
Written by: josean, 8 Feb 2010 2:30 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

"In time the metro will create employment in numnerous ways"

Would 3010 be an unreasonable expectation or is that the year that they finally hit the 200,000 riders per day mark?
Written by: generoso, 8 Feb 2010 3:25 PM
From: Dominican Republic, ****Raise your words, not your voice. Rain grows food, not thunder.****
josean

"Are you sure you were not riding the Villa Mella Chicharron Express from Mama Tingo after one too many Presidentes, accompanied by a couple of ladies claiming to be señoritas?"

LOL. You mean they weren't señoritas????
Written by: abc200, 8 Feb 2010 4:30 PM
From: United Kingdom, Dominican Republic
Top hotels will locate to near the metro with walkways - as they have in Bangkok and both commerce and tourism will grow as SD is crowned the jewel of the Carrib. New theatres, entertainments will locate to the city. Festivals will flourish.
http://www.bangkok.com/hotels-bts....m=Apr08&utm_campaign=bigmango
SD is behind Bangkok in mass transit development but could rapidly catch up.
http://blogs.worldbank.org/eastas....cture-and-services-thailand-needs
http://www.asiapropertymagazine.c....es-4-rise-in-ridership-next-year/
Santo Domingo's popuation is about 3 million but is growing by 50% every 8 years.
S.

Written by: josean, 8 Feb 2010 5:46 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
"LOL. You mean they weren't señoritas????"

Professor,

At least they were females, which is more than I can say for the crowd Banistan SWINGS with, if you catch my drift!
Written by: glomarexplorer, 8 Feb 2010 6:49 PM
From: United States, Fresh Water Paradise-NY Finger Lakes

Muco Loco,

I guess we were wrong about your beloved Chinese scooter. Glad you are enjoying it and that, contrary to mountains of evidence attesting to inherent bad quality, performance, durability and reliabity, yours continues to work like cream puff. You really know how to pick them!

Please don't tell me you are mostly talking about going downhill only and that uphill is another story, requiring you to push it or use of a burro to tow you up, or that you've already converted it to run on urine, sun power or wind power. With you, one never really knows what one is dealing with. It's rather difficult to figure out that mind.

Keep alert and stay away from potholes and Dominican rum; also, I would stop reading all that commie propaganda-they are lying to you; that's why, unlike the west, they don't let you in unescorted. In your case, however, they should make an exception and let you in, keep you there. Take the other suspects with you as well.

MJEV.
Written by: abc200, 9 Feb 2010 9:05 AM
From: United Kingdom, Dominican Republic
Life would not be exciting without potholes. Never heard of anyone being escorted in Cuba - my friend travelled extensively and never an escort in sight. I travelled in Ukraine, Yugoslavia, Roumania, Bulgaria as a tour operator and never an escort in sight when under Communist control. Now the USA is a diffferent matter. They even want to pry into my bank account. There is totalitarianism for you!
US is an inverted totalitarian state - democracy in the US is a useful fiction.
http://www.truthdig.com/report/it....s_a_useful_fiction_20100124/P100/
Sensible nations such as the DR are gradually dissassociating themselves from the failed evil empire and trading with nations that present 'win-win' opportunities.
The Obama/Bush disaster continues - Hedges did a prime time interview this morning.
Yes US citizens vote for rule by 35,000 lobbyists.
well I bought my food from a local trader today - not a Wal-Mart executive or property developer spiv in sight!
Written by: abc200, 9 Feb 2010 9:15 AM
From: United Kingdom, Dominican Republic
Glo is a bit crazy not realizing that buying a sedan for taxi use with a world renowned engine for less than 10,000 dollars is not a good deal for the operator, the country in not wasting precous foreign exchange, and the travelling public in offering reasonable comfort and fares.
As usual he has all the logic of a wild boar when angry!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3187/2340150383_ec4df58d89.jpg
S.
Written by: glomarexplorer, 9 Feb 2010 9:33 AM
From: United States, Fresh Water Paradise-NY Finger Lakes
Mucho Loco,

You've are apparently well-traveled and have seen much and have good handle on good versus evil. I further would assume that you spend much time in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

With all of those great attributes you extolled about the socio-communist block, it is a real wonder that you did not established abode iin one of those countries and, instead, chose a western democracy more aligned with the "evil empire" than with your beloved socialists block. You clearly leave me puzzled and wondering as to whether you and Belial are one and same.

Aggregate of your comments leads me to blieve firmly that you are a social leech, just like that other fellow who criticizes everything about the "evil empire", yet chooses to live here, where he has guaranteed freedom of speech and dissent-not in Cuba or Venezuela, where those are clearly lacking.

BTW, are you an engineer, or a tour operator in 3rd world countries? Moto-Conchita with Chinese bike? Eh!

MJEV.

Written by: abc200, 9 Feb 2010 10:07 AM
From: United Kingdom, Dominican Republic
Of course I saw much to criticise in then solialist countries. Bulgaia had reasonably efficicient agriculure but Roumania!
Of course the DR has much in common with developing socialist economies:
Nationalized major bank.
Nationalised power on and off.
Developing national health service and pensions.
Farm sector organized to produce crops to barter.
Many co-operatives and syndicates.
Limied but developing workers rights including minimum wage.
Some state re-distribtion of land.
Centrally controlled and co-ordinated development of infrastructure such as the metro.
Good relationsips with more socialist countries such as Cuba, Bolivia, Venez.
Concern at lest in some areas over protection of the environment so as not to become a Florida type concrete jungle.
Low carbon/environmental footprint.
Many of the population buy Chinese motorcycles - not stupid Hummers.
I see substantial progress towards achieving democratic socialism and applaud it.

S.
Written by: Blutarsky This user is banned, 9 Feb 2010 10:09 AM
From: Dominican Republic, No Spin Zone
He is a low grade moron and a useful idiot of the semi intelligent Belial the paid commie propagandist and trouble maker
Written by: abc200, 9 Feb 2010 10:34 AM
From: United Kingdom, Dominican Republic
There is nothing wrong with a protfolio career for those with some intelligence. Glo on the other hand has extreme diffiulty explaining the design principles and constraints of a tricycle..........
If he ever went to college he must have paid a Chinese gentleman to write his dissertation for him
Perhaps a relative of Charlie.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtLsPlHL9-s&feature=related

S.
Written by: abc200, 9 Feb 2010 10:36 AM
From: United Kingdom, Dominican Republic
Blut is missing his caviar!
S.
Written by: Blutarsky This user is banned, 11 Feb 2010 11:19 AM
From: Dominican Republic, No Spin Zone
is this what awaits us ...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq8wbXAR4ZQ&feature=sdig&et=125
Written by: abc200, 11 Feb 2010 11:57 AM
From: United Kingdom, Dominican Republic
DR is so lucky to have good government imortin necessary goods from China at low cost but growing lots of food and building new hospitals. It even has enough food grown barter with Venez for oil. Of course main bank is nationalized so it can't go bust. The Chinese also enjoy dominican rum.
US government is like deaf dumb and blind kids who can't even play mean pinball.
Everyone laughs like they did at Hoover -
"The fundamental business of the country, that is, production and distribution of commodities, is on a sound and prosperous basis."

Thus declared President Hoover on Oct. 25, 1929. Sound familiar? Four days later, the stock market crashed, depression followed and Hoover became a joke. And yet all of this seemed to have been news to John McCain.

Wise Americans are of course leaving in their droves and making good pineapple pie in the DR with fresh Dominican pineapple.

S.



Written by: abc200, 11 Feb 2010 12:00 PM
From: United Kingdom, Dominican Republic
Oh what it is to be healty,wealthy and wise unlike so many Americans!
S.
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