How it works:
- Version 1: claiming that the meter is down and quoting an inflated flat fare.
- Version 2: not resetting the meter after dropping the last passenger and covering it up with a towel.
- Version 3: morning rates (indicated by “1”) are charged after 9am. However, some still use the more expensive night rates (indicated by “0”) throughout the day.
- Version 4: taking a longer route or detour to inflate the fare.
- Version 5: claiming no change.
Places to beware:
- Anywhere (e.g. tourist attractions, hotels, airports, transportation hubs)
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots.
- 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. Uber, Qatar Taxi, Karwa Taxi, Careem).
- 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.
- Meter: check it before the trip starts that it starts at 0 with the correct rate.
- Alternative: GetYourGuide (leading day tour platform) has two transport options.