How it works:
- The following is a long list of potential tricks, but there is no need to be overly concerned as only some engage in such tricks and it is easy to decline. Simple awareness will be sufficient.
- Version 1: overcharging by claiming that the meter is down and charging an inflated flat fare; charging a fee for luggage.
- Version 2: offering a tour where you end up at several shops where he gets a commission, or claiming a place is closed and recommending a place where he gets a commission.
- Version 3: claiming that your destination is closed/do not know how to go and drop you elsewhere – where he gets a cut or accomplices (e.g. unofficial guides, rickshaws) lie in wait.
- Version 4: claiming your attire is not appropriate for temples (when it is) and sending you to a scarf shop.
- Version 5: driving off with your luggage in the boot.
- Version 6: currency switcheroo trick.
- Version 7: bringing you to a fake government tourism office, travel agency or tour operator.
Places to beware:
- Please refer to location tags above
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots (e.g. Humayun’s Tomb, Amber Fort).
- 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. Ola Cabs).
- Reliable taxis: airport prepaid taxi or radio taxis like Meru and EasyCabs.
- Luggage: avoid leaving in the boot, try to keep them beside you in the car instead.
- Alternative: GetYourGuide (leading day tour platform) has 40+ transport options.