London Cabbie Mason McQueen has accepted the challenge to drive a taxi in three very different cities around the world.
London cabbie Mason McQueen takes on the challenge of driving a taxi in three very different cities around the world. In this episode he heads for the palm-fringed islands of Fiji. As he joins the ranks of the island's capital, Suva and lives with his host Dharmendra Kumar, Mason soon discovers a very different Fiji to the tourist brochures; a country that has struggled with ethnic tensions, political unrest, military coups, a diabetes epidemic and acute poverty. It is all a far cry from the idyllic island life you might expect for a cabbie in paradise.
This week, in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, he will be getting to grips with a unique kind of cab – the tuk tuk. Six thousand of these primitive adapted scooters ferry passengers across Phnom Penh every day in a city where the law of the road is survival of the fittest. Mason’s host is Cambodian tuk tuk driver Polo Doot, who scrapes a living in one of the city’s poorest slums and whose job it is to train Mason to navigate the chaos and anarchy of Phnom Penh’s streets.