To clarify, he's not taking just one fare, but a bunch of fares from all around the world. The purpose is The Extraordinary Taxi Ride, set up by the state of Western Australia's tourism office to promote what many consider a rather remote region of the world. Out of 460 cabbies who applied for the job, Bunbury, Western Australia taxi driver Doug Slater was the one chosen by the Internet masses, and so he will be trekking fares from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Germany through about 4,000 miles of WA glory.

Although the trip started with a dead battery, things appear to be moving nicely now. You can check out a video of Slater after the jump, or follow the progress at the Extraordinary Taxi Ride site. Good luck to all involved, and good on ya, Doug-o...

Sources: News.com.au, Extraordinary Taxi Ride]