Getting to know fraud taxis

GET INFORMED: Some taxi cabs display badges with information in English.

TAXI cab users in Malaga province will be given extensive information about the dangers of using illegal taxis.

A special effort will be made by the public authorities to make users aware of how this affects both them and the taxi drivers’ associations.

The decision was adopted after a meeting in Torremolinos between the Boards of the Axarquia and Costa del Sol town associations.

They consider that the increasing number of unqualified and unregistered taxi drivers provides an unsafe image of the region to tourists, who are the most frequent victims of these fraudulent services. This affects legal tax-paying taxis, as they see their benefits drop.

Illegal taxi cabs usually take advantage of people who are not aware that taxis in Malaga province are covered by associations, sharing a phone number for bookings in each town. So when they arrive at the airport or other transportation points, they are tricked by fraudulent drivers speaking in their mother tongue.

“There are lots of British residents here that take advantage of their fellow countrymen,” a member of the Benalmadena Board of Taxi Drivers said. “For example, they hand out flyers with their contact number in pubs and bars to international tourists. And they even usually charge more for the ride!” he added. “The police are helping in many cases, acting as quickly as they can, but we need users to be aware of the situation.”   

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