How it works:
- Version 1: while crossing the border from Israel to Jordan, there are standard flat rate fares displayed on signs. However, rogue drivers claim that the fare is per person, not per taxi.
- Version 2: meter fare can be displayed in dinars or fils. E.g, 1 dinar can be shown as 1.000 (dinars), or 1000 (fils), but rogue drivers will claim that it means 10 dinars.
- Version 3: claiming that the meter is not working and quoting an inflated flat fare.
- Version 4: rigged meter which jumps too much or too fast.
- Version 5: taking a detour or longer route to inflate the fare.
- Version 6: claiming to not have change.
- Version 7: claiming that there is no bus at the bus station and to use cab instead.
Places to beware:
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots (e.g. Amman: Rainbow Street).
- Photo: take a photo of the taxi number and driver’s license.
- At the border: if someone tries this on you, report them to the tourist police office there.
- 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. Careem, Uber).
- 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.
- 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.
- Alternatively, GetYourGuide (leading day tour platform) has 9 transport options.