How it works:
- Tricks: charging a flat fare instead of using the meter (except when going to and from the airport); rigged meter; taking a longer route.
- Note: some charges are legitimate, e.g. different zones and timings having different starting fares; bag fee; >5 passengers fee.
Places to beware:
- Please refer to the location tags above (e.g. airport, transportation hubs, tourist attractions)
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots (e.g. Catacombe di San Callisto; Vesuvius) 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. MyTaxi, Uber, itTaxi).
- 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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