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Tax Driver Gets Caught For Overcharging

As part of the regular operational activity carried out by the PSP Madeira Regional Command with other regional entities, including the Funchal Police Division, and the Regional Authority for Economic Activities, a 63-year-old taxi driver, born in Angola and residing in Funchal, was arrested for tariff speculation.

The occurrence also resulted in the seizure of a vehicle related to the taxi service, says the PSP in a statement.

This is not the first incident, as recently I was in the Old Town where a British couple had called the police as their taxi driver had quoted €14.00 for their journey, and was now trying to charge them €40.00. In the end, I believe the taxi driver was fined by the police for ‘tariff speculation.’

Always double check the price, and if possible ask the taxi driver to write it down.

Samantha Gannon

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