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Taxi overcharging

I love madeira and the people but like anywhere there are a few rotten eggs. We found them amongst the taxi drivers. Where most were excellent some overcharged . We were charged 6euros into funchal and 10 euros out. I know it's not much but it leaves a rotten feeling when you know you are being done. Advice from our hotel receptionist was if you feel you have been overcharged don't argue just ask for a receipt and the hotel can then chase it up with the company and if necessary with the police. Wish I had thought of tha

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1. Re: Taxi overcharging

If you are travelling in the Funchal area the taxi must be on a meter so there should not be that much difference in the cost. If the meter isn't activated, say so and make sure it is used or get out of the car.

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Taxi was on a meter which jumped 2euros before we had moved 10yards, it was only after talking to others at the hotel that we realised how prevalent it was. This was our 6th visit to funchal and had never come across this before. We can speak a little Portuguese which surprised him and his excuses changed by the second when he realised that. He finally accepted less than he initially said. It was our last evening or I would have tried to do something about it

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My take on this is that Portugese salaries are among the lowest in West Europe and that everybody needs money for a good life.

I always give more than the meter says so as to not feel embarrassed about the low price. And I can always take the bus instead.

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Taxi fares in Madeira have, for many years, been very reasonable and dutchguy I hear what you say about low wages in Portugal. I would rather pay a bit more by way of a legitimate across the board increase than be ripped off by a few unscrupulous drivers (and I think the unscrupulous drivers are in the minority in Madeira)

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I don't take many taxis so I'm no expert, but I was interested that the OP said the meter had jumped €2 before they'd even gone 10 yards. I was under the impression that there are some fixed charges regardless of distance travelled, for example the number of passengers, whether the boot is used for luggage/shopping, time of day/night/, whether the taxi was called rather than picked up at a rank. Could this explain the €2?

Flowercity's advice to ensure the meter is running is good, but can the meter fare be fraudulently increased once it's running? I don't know the answer.

We invariably tip our taxi drivers, especially if we've had helpful and friendly service. Our lane is narrow and a few drivers don't want to drive up it, but most do without comment and we reward appropriately.

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I have allways found taxi drivers in Funchal honest but i dont dougt there are a few rouges some characters around the cable car spring to mind. As for low wages in Portugal good point Dutch Guy allways tip staff in cafes etc unless service was terrible [never happen in Madeira] dont use taxis much but when i have have found drivers honest and nice.

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We got a taxi from the town centre a few days ago (with a boot full of our supermarket shop) & the meter started at €3. I assume that's a perfectly legitimate fixed charge, the same as you'd have in the UK.

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8. Re: Taxi overcharging

If I need a taxi I use a lot the taxi driver Mr.Rui Teixeira .

He ownes a Mercedes for 1-7 persones and he use to be near PortoMare and in front of Four Views Monumental Lido, he speaks English, French and German.

For people who needs a taxi here is his contact, phone: 00351 917842447 email : rmft64@hotmail.com

Edited: 06 June 2014, 11:49
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