In a previous thread I addressed the issue of aggressive greedy taxi drivers in Marrakech. they're of the 5 things that plague the city. The straw that broke the camel bacj is the incident a New Zealander lady told me this morning. I promised to share her plight with othe TA travellers so they need to be on their guards
With her husband she hailed a taxi from Jemaa Elfna to Majorelle garden. The ride should cost 10 to 15 dh. The taxi driver asked 50 dh. When she asked him to use the meter he pretened it was broken. She is old and tired and accepted. After riding past train station which is not on the way and making a long detour, they ended in front of a pink wall. the driver pointed to a door and said 'Majorelle garden is closed for 3 hours'
It was 11am. H eprposed to drive them back to Jemaa Elfna square for another 50 dh. The brave lady wasn't gullible. she apid 50 dh and asked to be left in peace. Luckily for them an old taxi driver offered to drive them for free to Majorelle. She was so relieved she tipped him30 dh
end of the srory
NowI everybody must act up to stop the masquerade. Every taxi has a number which a tourist should remember before he boards it. Should he or she have an argument with the driver she can report this to the police station in Bab Doukkla bus station. The police will summon him and deal with him harshly( syspended driver licence, fines...) This is the law.
I understand travellers would rather pay than complain because they don't have time to watse, but someone has to start.
It' s also the duty of riad owners to warn their clientts, and why not file the complaint in their stead. If their association lobbies the local authoritiey will comply
Robyn, it was a pleasure tallking to you this morning. let not the taxi driver spoil your holiday