My Other Taxi Is A Pink Russian Army Amphibious Scout Vehicle

Neither snow nor rain nor flood shall impede these taxis from delivering paying customers to their destinations. That's because the innovative pink-painted cabs are decommissioned Russian Army (and before that, Red Army) amphibious scout vehicles that can keep on driving through hell or high water... well, through high water at least.

You can see these new taxis plying the highways and byways – and waterways – of St. Petersburg, Russia, though they look a little different than they did when employed by military. The biggest difference is the paint: pink as a pachyderm's patoot, doncha know!

The main reason for the rosy hue is “so that not to scare civilians in the city,” according to one of the cab drivers as told to English Russia. Word to the wise: when invading a city, paint your armored vehicles pink. You heard it here first.

The cabs began their service lives as BRDM (Boyevaya Razvedyvatelnaya Dozornaya Mashina, translated roughly as “Combat Reconnaissance Patrol Vehicle”), as many as 10,000 of which were built built between 1959 and 1966 for use by Warsaw Pact armed forces.

Less than 600 survive to the present day, including a few that have been converted into all-weather amphibious taxis by enterprising entrepreneurs in St. Petersburg.

The name emblazoned on the side of the cabs - “A Safer Taxi” - just happens to be one of their biggest selling points. Seriously, one of these gets into an accident with a ZiL, a Moskva, a Lada or a Volga... heck, with ALL of 'em, who do you think drives away with no more than a scratch?

Speaking of safety, the 14.5 mm KPV heavy machine gun and secondary 7.62 mm machine gun may have been deactivated but the pink cabs can still hold their own when traversing St. Pete's grimmer and grimier neighborhoods.

They're still armor-plated and can resist both small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. Don't know about you but that's a plus in our books.

The pink cabs are also faster than their road-going brethren, what with not having to deal with traffic jams and such. Too much traffic on the road means turning off the road and onto, well, into the nearest bay.

Once afloat, the driver directs the BRDM's rear-mounted gasoline engine to disengage from powering the wheels in favor of an integral waterjet for amphibious travel.

As far as other, more traditional St. Petersburg taxi drivers being miffed that these pink upstarts are stealing their customers, look at it this way: there's always someone who can undercut your business model – that's just how capitalism works, comrades. Speaking of undercutting, we heard Russia's got a lot of surplus submarines, none of which are pink... yet.