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B2314 Taxi-meter, 'Halda' brand, made by Haldex AB, Halmstad, Sweden, aluminium & steel casing, used in Australia until 1970s.. Click to enlarge.

Halda mechanical taxi-meter

Made
As Halda brand taxi-meters were widely used in Australia until the 1970s, this meter is a reminder of the long period during which mechanical taxi-meters were used to calculate taxi fares, before they were supplanted by electronic meters. The form of the meter also helps explain the origin of the term 'flag fall', now commonly used for the fixed part of the price of making a telephone call: the upright 'flag' announcing that the cab was for hire was pulled down out of sight by the driver when …

Summary

Object No.

B2314

Object Statement

Taxi-meter, 'Halda' brand, made by Haldex AB, Halmstad, Sweden, aluminium & steel casing, used in Australia until 1970s.

Physical Description

Taxi-meter, "Halda" brand, made by Haldex AB, Halmstad, Sweden, aluminium & steel casing, used in Australia until 1970s.

Mechanical meter for registering distance covered by a taxi on each trip and calculating the fare based on the set 'flag fall' fee and the cost per unit distance. A pivoted arm attached to the meter bears the words 'FOR HIRE' in white lettering on a red background for easy recognition by potential passengers.

Dimensions

Height

155 mm

Width

110 mm

Production

Made

Source

Credit Line

Gift of R Morrow, 1977

Acquisition Date

11 December 1977

Cite this Object

Harvard

Halda mechanical taxi-meter 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 29 July 2021, <https://ma.as/211606>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/211606 |title=Halda mechanical taxi-meter |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=29 July 2021 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
This object is currently on display in Transport at the Museums Discovery Centre.