We arrived today at the International train station. We had read about taxis being regulated in 2013 and we saw the cabs in the rank outside the station were painted yellow and had the approved rates posted on the door. We took a short trip and the driver charged us 4,500 lei. We knew this was a rip off and argued, strongly, saying it could not be right, but he insisted, and this was what the meter showed. We were tired after a long overnight journey and in the end we gave in. We took the registration number. We have tried in vain on the net to find somewhere where we can report this. Can anyone help?
And what should tourists do when such a scam takes place - should we simply refuse to pay and insist the police be called? Surely it is illegal for drivers not to to charge the rates advertised on the doors?
The drivers in the rank discussed among themselves who should take us. It seems highly probable they are all in on the scam. It must be common knowledge. The authorities know these drivers are preying on tourists and yet they are allowed to persist, damaging the tourist image of the city.