Problems with the “mafia of taxi drivers”, which once glorified Istanbul, are successfully “exported” to European resorts. We are talking about the island of Mallorca in Spain and its main resort center Palma de Mallorca. According to local authorities, the main problems are, firstly, a large number of unlicensed taxis, where tourists can face a wide variety of troubles, and secondly, the “deployment” of these same taxi drivers. The taxi mafia chooses only the tastiest locations, preferring to work at the cruise port rather than at the airport, which causes problems for citizens and tourists to find taxis upon arrival on the island – they simply are not there.
Several attempts to solve the taxi problem are being discussed, the resort's City Council said. “The taxi problem has undermined the image of the region and the entire sector. The urban mobility app we have developed will digitize the taxi sector, so the problem will be solved,” said Isabel Garcia Frontera, CEO of Free Now Spain.
Problems have also been noticed on the continent: in Seville, Spain, Judge Reyes of the Seville Investigative Committee Flores filed a lawsuit against 27 taxi drivers. The lawsuit is directed against the “taxi mafia”.
Recall that the problem with the “mafia of taxi drivers” is available in all countries. A British tourist, for example, was scammed for 55 pounds (almost 5.5 thousand rubles) for a 3 km trip to Paris. Another couple of tourists were advised to pay 218 pounds (more than 21 thousand rubles) for a trip to the airport, also in Paris.
In this regard, tourists are given advice on how to avoid scammers. Among them – to use the Internet and find out the real prices. Another tip for “new arrivals” is to notify the hotel of your arrival. Hotels not only offer a transfer service – by the way, Russian ones are often also at quite decent prices – but they can also save you in case of a collision with a rogue driver.
According to Lexi Alford, the world record holder, the youngest woman, traveled all over the world, the method is as follows: “If you arrive at the hotel and the counter is incredibly high, refuse to pay. Go to the hotel and ask for help. And if that doesn't work, tell them to call the police. Most likely, the driver will give up. For other tips on how to protect yourself from those who want to profit at the expense of a tourist, read the TURPROM material at the link.
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