Thursday, June 30, 2016

Pushing commuters to take premium taxi

At the airport terminal taxi queue, the usher asked the commuter in front of me. "Do you want the white taxi". "No". He pointed her to another taxi. He asked me. "Do you want the white taxi". "No". The white taxi is a Mercedes Limo and looks very expensive.

He asked me to go to the taxi at No. 7. It was a black taxi, Prestige brand with a starting fare of $5. That looked like a premium taxi.

I walked away to take another taxi, which is a standard taxi.

This dishonest practice of pushing commuters to the premium taxi is now getting to be quite blatant. It shows the "free market" taxi fare system to be very bad.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

No different from any east european city like
Bucharest, Warsaw.. the taxi rank may appear organised
and authoritative.

But beware, you will be offered a MPV or SUV taxi that
charges a higher rate.
The ushers should be investigated to determine if bribes
were offered & accepted.

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