How it works:
- Version 1: taxis here have to use meters, but some refuse to do so and will charge you an inflated flat fare.
- Version 2: if using the meter, a taxi can take a detour or longer route to inflate the fare.
- Version 3: rigging the meter to jump too much or too fast.
- Version 4: charging fake additional fees like bag fees.
- Version 5: bringing you to places where he gets a commission instead.
Places to beware:
- Tunis: Tunis-Carthage International Airport
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots (e.g. Medina of Sousse).
- Photo: take a photo of the taxi number and driver’s license.
- Overcharging: ensure meter is turned on or research a fair price to negotiate with – check online fare estimators, your hotel/hostel staff or taxi booking apps (e.g. Tunisia Taxi).
- Longhauling: be very clear when communicating your destination. Check your phone’s GPS to see if you are headed in the correct direction, though detours may be taken to avoid jams.
- Rigged meter red flags: tampered/missing meter seal, only fare is displayed, driver clicking a hidden switch, driving slowly at a high speed area to prevent meter from jumping wildly.