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How to avoid taxi scams

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How to avoid taxi scams

THE Philippine National Police has released the following safety tips to prevent the public from falling prey to taxi scams or worse, cabbies who act in cahoots with robbers particularly in Metro Manila.

PNP chief, Director General Nicanor A. Bartolome said the safety tips are part of the PNP’s “Be informed, plan ahead and be safe” program.

The following precautions must be observed:

1. Do not enter a taxi if there is anyone other than the driver inside. Once inside a taxi, check if the doors can be locked from the inside, otherwise you’re vulnerable when the taxi stops in traffic.

2. Ride the backseat or check the backseat to make sure that no one is hiding on the floor, between the seats.

3. Ensure that the doors can be opened from the inside and its inside door handlers are functional.

4. Request the driver that the meter be used.

5. Take a mental note of the license plate number.

6. Once inside the taxi, conspicuously text the number of the taxi to someone or at least pretend to do so. Text back your contact when you have arrived safely.7. If the driver is unwilling to comply with your requests, wait for another cab.

Watch out for “Batingting” taxis or those with flawed taxi meter.

The following are the signs of a “batingting.”

1. Tampered or missing meter seal.

2. Meter only displays fare and not the distance and waiting time (if present).

3. Taxi name, plate number and operator contact number erased at the cab insides.

4. Driver is clicking a switch hidden somewhere.

5. Driver would not usually argue/complain if you pay the usual fare since they know that they’re really equipped with a faster-than-a-speeding bullet meter.

What to do if confronted with such a situation?

1. Always take note of the taxi name, operator phone numbers, plate number and if possible, take note of the taxi driver’s name and face. Send this information to a friend or relative.

2. Ask the driver to use the meter. If they say that the meter isn’t working or offer any other excuse, don’t get in the cab. If you’re already inside, ask the driver to stop and get out of the vehicle.

3. Make sure to check the meter.

4. Some drivers tend to keep a minimum speed even when in high-speed areas. This is because the moment they get too fast, the increments will happen at an incredible rate.

5. If any time you notice that the meter is going way too fast, tell the driver to stop and get off the taxi.6. Report the taxi to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board by texting the taxi’s name and plate number to 0921-4487777 or call 426-2515. https://www.facebook.com/taxikick

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1. Re: How to avoid taxi scams

Great tips clare.

Will be added to Top Questions.

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2. Re: How to avoid taxi scams

Very sound advice, although many taxi drivers are actually cooperative and honest.

One trick that passengers can use is to travel in the back seat. If at all possible, have your bags next to you, not in the taxi boot.

If a driver refuses to turn on the meter, get out at the next available opportunity. Make sure you leave via the 'off side' (in Phils, on the left) and when you do so, leave the back off side door open so that the driver has to get out of his seat and close it from the outside.

Don't try this with a tall, athletic taxi driver built like a leopard as he may be very angry and chase you. A male friend swears that it's an effective way to teach a rogue a lesson.

Edited: 7:58 am, April 12, 2012
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3. Re: How to avoid taxi scams

Apologies: 'off side' shoud of course be 'on the right' not as stated above.

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4. Re: How to avoid taxi scams

Some cars have a childproof locking mechanism that the driver can activate so that you can't unlock and get out of the back doors.

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5. Re: How to avoid taxi scams

At night, if your going to a bar and the cab driver suggest you other place... do not be fooled. It's mostly a tourist trap.

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6. Re: How to avoid taxi scams

Do not put your luggage to the trunk while the driver is behind the wheel. There was an incident where the taxi took off with their baggage. Usually, driver get out of the cab to assist their passenger with their luggage. Be aware if they don't.

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7. Re: How to avoid taxi scams

turn on your cell phone video as soon as problems start, this will go a long way if things get out of hand or if not, make a great viral video.

NEVER put things in the trunk if u can help it.

Take all of your things out of the taxi before you discuss or argue fares. Better yet, get your stuff into the hotel guard area.

Never argue in unfamiliar areas, just let them go and wait till you get to your destination.

Edited: 11:19 am, April 21, 2012
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8. Re: How to avoid taxi scams

Good tip Leftover. I often smile at the driver and say in a friendly way, 'I'm sure you won't mind if I just text your number to my friend (husband, whatever) as he worries' or words to that effect. It seems to make them extra courteous!

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9. Re: How to avoid taxi scams

From your mobile, take picture of taxi or driver info & send to friend(s) or relatives.

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10. Re: How to avoid taxi scams

If you are a tourist the texting a relative or friend does not work!!! Are things that rough in Manila? We are heade there in February!

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