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.