How it works:
- Version 1: pretending to misunderstand your destination and so taking a longer time or route to inflate the fare.
- Version 2: quoting a price seemingly in Turkish Lira but claim he meant Euros at the end of your trip.
- Version 3: not using a meter and charging an inflated flat fare.
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots.
- Photo: take a photo of the car plate 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. nTaxi, Taxify).
- 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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