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Why do taxi drivers insist on charging through the nose?

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Why do taxi drivers insist on charging through the nose?

We recently arrived at the airport on our first visit to West Malaysia and took a cab to the beach at Teluk Chempedak where our hotel was located. The taxi driver quoted a modest 50 MYR when we spoke to him initially but altered the pricing to MYR 450 when we arrived there citing a lack of passengers. I didn't want to argue further and just paid up. This is ridiculous and frustrating. We loved everything about Kuantan but not the prices we were being quoted whenever we needed to head somewhere. Aren't taxis regulated by enforcement divisions, or are they bribing the corrupt officers to get what they want?

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1. Re: Why do taxi drivers insist on charging through the nose?

It is actually an offence and you can threaten to report them. Taxis should have the fare displayed on their vehicle.

What were the conditions of the original rm50 quote? Rm450 is nearly 10times increase, so i don't see how they could possibly justify that rate?

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2. Re: Why do taxi drivers insist on charging through the nose?

I would have told the driver to wait and gone to Hotel doorman/security for clarification as it was well over the quote.

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Sean

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3. Re: Why do taxi drivers insist on charging through the nose?

Which airport was this from??

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4. Re: Why do taxi drivers insist on charging through the nose?

Were you approached by someone offering you a taxi? They are touts and should be ignored.

The coupon taxi counter at the airport would have quoted a price to your destination, you pay upfront at the counter and get a coupon. You hand over the coupon to the taxi driver and pay nothing to him.

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5. Re: Why do taxi drivers insist on charging through the nose?

RM450 is way too much. Use Uber or Grab next time in Malaysia

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