How it works:
- Version 1: claiming that the meter is broken, and then quoting an inflated flat fare.
- Version 2: rigged meters which jump too much or too fast. However, taxi rates are indeed 20% higher at certain times (e.g. 10pm-5am; Sundays; holidays).
- Version 3: offering to bring you somewhere else instead where he gets a commission, e.g. would you like a drink bar scam.
- Version 4: driving a longer route or into congested traffic to inflate the fare.
- Version 5: giving less change or claiming no change.
- Version 6: claiming that the fare is for each person, not the whole ride.
Places to beware:
- Split: Split Airport
- Zagreb: Zagreb Bus Terminal
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots (e.g. Zagreb bus terminal).
- 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. Eko Taxi, Cammeo, Radio Taxi Zagreb).
- 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.
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