Police take action against overcharging Istanbul taxis
ISTANBUL - Demirören News Agency
As more and more tourists complain about Istanbul’s overcharging taxi drivers, police have increased presence and inspections in the city’s main tourist attraction such as Beyazıt, the Grand Bazaar and Eminönü.
“Let’s say I am supposed to pay 20 Turkish Liras for a trip. I hand the driver a 100 Turkish Lira banknote. But the driver says ‘no, you gave me 50’ and insists on that,” one tourist told Demirören News Agency.
One tourist also said the driver charged 35 liras for a trip, which should normally cost 20 liras.
“I paid 40 liras for a journey from the Grand Bazaar to Taksim. Later, I checked on the internet and found I was only supposed to pay 20 liras. The driver first demanded 50 liras. When we refused, he settled for 40,” another tourist said.
An Italian tourist exposed another scam scheme.
“The driver refused to turn the meter on. We had to pay 65 liras for a very short trip. This journey should have only cost us 25 liras,” they said.
Eyüp Aksu, the head of the Istanbul Taxicab Merchants Chamber, vowed to fight against fraudulent cabbies.