How it works:
- Version 1: claiming the meter is not working and then charging an inflated flat fare.
- Version 2: using a rigged meter which jumps too fast or too much.
- Version 3: claiming that there is a demonstration somewhere so taking a longer route to inflate the fare.
- Version 4: bringing you somewhere where they get a commission instead.
Places to beware:
- Athens: Athens International Airport
- Piraeus: Port of Piraeus
What to do:
- Avoid taking taxis at tourist spots (e.g. Athens: Acropolis, Mount Lycabettus, Omonia) and take a photo of the car plate and driver’s license in case you need to seek recourse.
- 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. PickMe).
- 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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