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Friday, April 2, 2010

Taxi drivers will continue fleecing passengers

ENFORCEMENT agencies have been placing anti-corruption stickers in their offices and vehicles for many years and the effectiveness of such an exercise is best left to the general public to judge.

With CVLB introducing a host of stickers for metered taxis as published in the media, can we expect errant taxi drivers to fall in line considering the fact that they operate their service as lone rangers, always on the prowl and with no career or pension to lose if caught?

Unlike small traders who provide good service and look forward to repeat business, taxi drivers take in new passengers every day and usually don’t meet them again. If lucky, a happy passenger will ask for the driver’s contact and perhaps book his next trip to the airport.

It is also a fallacy to assume that passengers will no longer be fleeced once the meter is used.

Some drivers get workers in taxi meter companies to tamper with their meters between the bi-annual inspections at Puspakom.

This is one of the reasons why some passengers, especially foreigners, prefer a fixed fare rather than be shocked by the meter reading.

Y. S. CHAN,

Kuala Lumpur.

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