How it works:
- 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.
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.