How it works:
- Version 1: rigging the meter to jump too fast or too much.
- Version 2: driver brings you to another destination (where they get a commission) claiming that it is better (e.g to Aquarium Beach Escape instead of Mr Sancho’s in Cozumel; to Plaza 28 instead of Mercado 28 in Cancun, etc).
- Version 3: driver offers to help you buy an entrance ticket, but is actually charging you an inflated price to be split with his accomplice at the attraction.
- Version 4: driver claims that the admission price is included in his quoted taxi fare, when the place you are going is free to enter.
Places to beware:
- Please refer to location tags above (e.g. usually at airports, transportation hubs, tourist attractions)
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots (e.g. National Museum of Anthropology; Paradise Beach).
- Photo: take a photo of the taxi number and driver’s license.
- 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.
- 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. Uber, Cabify).
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