What's the story if the driver forgets to start the meter altogether? A few weeks ago, I was brought to my destination while having a grand chat and he notices he forgot to set the meter. He said €12 is 'probably' what it costs. I offered him €10 as it's usually around that. He seemed OK with that.
Legally speaking, was I obliged to pay any fare all? (Of course, even if I wasn't I'd still have offered the €10 as that's what I'd been prepared to pay from the outset.)
Coming home from a night out, I've found a taxi cost can fluctuate by up to 10E. The conditions are always the same:
- roughly the same time of night (never any traffic on the road)
- always alone (I'm working on it )
Presumably, the more expensive trips mean the driver's been tampering with the meter? What do I do?
I've heard that a printed receipt gives all of the journey's details but what happens if the driver says he doesn't have any paper in the machine or can't issue receipts for whatever reason (is it possible some don't have them or they can be broken?)
If the driver can't/won't give you a receipt, a friend suggested that you can ask them to take you to a police station, where a Garda can write a receipt but I'm not sure they'd be so keen on you wasting their time?
If anyone knows for sure, I'd be really grateful to hear...
If the printer or meter does not work for any reason the taxi should not be in service.
What should a passenger do in that instance?
First and foremost, in any taxi always note the vehicles license or plate number the minute you get in, maybe dial it onto your keypad.
If the service is not up to scratch, like in the instance outlined, report it to the taxi regulator.
If more people reported chancers something might be done about them.
Its the worse thing about driving a taxi. As soon as things dont appear right, people immediately assume the driver is up to something dodgy. Funny how people dont worry about spending quite a bit of money over the bar yet want to argue about 6 euro on the way home.
I have no idea how a driver would tamper with a meter while driving. A driver is always supposed to give you the receipt. 99.9% dont want it. If ever in doubt make him/her take you to the police station.
Driver may have had a few euros notched up on meter before OP got in.
Having said that, you are 100% right about people being able to chuck it across the counter all nite.
Is it only the License Holder who may actually operate the taxi?
Afaik the car must be licenced as a taxi with meter plate and roof sign but anyone with a spsv can drive it as long as they are allowed work in the same areas indicated on the roof sign.
With respect, I don't think it's crazy to assume that a driver could tamper with the meter; it's only a piece of technology, after all. While I'm sure that the majority of taxi drivers are honest and decent, there must be a few dodgy ones around. I have no doubt that if someone really wanted to do something to their device they could easily find someone to organise it. Even without tampering with a meter, wouldn't it be possible to just charge for an extra couple of passengers?
Well, given that last time I took the journey the fare was 21E but a few months earlier it had cost me about 32E, I think that my cynicism is justified. Maybe there's an innocent explanation for the discrepancy but certainly not an obvious one.
Regarding spending money behind the bar and arguing about 6 Euro on the way home, I think they're quite different things really!
I searched the regulators website but there was scant information on this.
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So what do you want?