How it works:
- Version 1: charging an inflated flat fare instead of using the meter, or adding bogus surcharges (e.g. luggage fee).
- Version 2: you hand over a 50 Euros note, but with sleight of hand, the driver switches it to a 5 Euros note and asks you to top up the shortfall.
- Version 3: asks you to prepay and halfway through a trip, claims he cannot continue. He returns what you have paid, but in counterfeit bills.
- Version 4: taking a longer route or detour to inflate the fare.
Places to beware:
- Gran Canaria
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots (e.g. Tenerife: Playa Del Duque).
- 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. mytaxi, Cabify, Easy Taxi, Hailo Taxi).
- 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.
- Do not prepay and always look carefully how the driver handles your notes.
- Alternative: GetYourGuide (best day tour platform in Europe) has 100+ transport options.