Fare ques­tioned

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Editor,

I needed to get a taxi from New World Porirua to Red­wood to­day (Septem­ber 14), and un­for­tu­nately for me there were no Porirua Taxis at the rank.

So I hopped into a Welling­ton Star Taxi. The driver was very pleas­ant and, iron­i­cally enough, we dis­cussed the topic of be­ing over­charged by me­chan­ics. The ride was fine un­til I ar­rived at my desti­na­tion, when, to my hor­ror, what is usu­ally a $16 fare turned out to be $31.30. I couldn’t be­lieve what I was hear­ing, and when I rang up the of­fice to com­plain I was told the fare was all go­ing to the driver. Whether that had any in­flu­ence on his tar­iff or not, I don’t know. The driver’s re­sponse to my protests was not to charge me $2 for us­ing Visa – big deal.

Big les­son learnt – sup­port the lo­cals, and if Porirua Taxis don’t have a cab at the rank, then call for one.

NOE­LINE O’ROURKE, Porirua.

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