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Taxi fare jumps 40 baht in 200 meters - and the registration inside and out doesn't match

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Taxi fare jumps 40 baht in 200 meters - and the registration inside and out doesn't match

 

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A Thai woman went online to warn fellow passengers after she traveled in a taxi from Don Muang airport to her home in nearby Laksi on Sunday. 

 

All seemed normal until they got to the last few hundred meters near her home - in 200 meters the fare leaped from 67 baht to 117. 

 

She was faced with a fare of 167 baht including the 50 baht fee for using the airport rank. 

 

The driver said he didn't know what happened and said to just give him 120 baht. 

 

There had been suspicions about the driver on the journey.

 

The passenger took pictures inside the vehicle of the meter and the internal registration card. 

 

When she contacted the Department of Land Transport it was found that the registration inside and outside the vehicle did not match. 

 

Thai Rath reported that the company that owns the taxi had been ordered to stand the car down for thirty days. 

 

The meter is also now being investigated. 

 

The passenger told Thai Rath that the fare to her house is never over 120 baht even with the 50 baht surcharge included. 

 

She advised those complaining to take pictures of the registration inside and outside the vehicle. 

 

Source: Thai Rath

 

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How simple to order the co to suspend the car for 30 days having been found to have fake registration number? Obviously if the 2 numbers do not match it means one of them is definitely fake.

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I have faced a dodgy fare meter myself. For maybe 1 km I watched the numbers increment like a petrol pump.

 

I asked the driver to pull over. Paid him and told him he was a thief.

 

Then I hailed another cab and traveled happily to my destination.

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4 hours ago, seahorse said:

Obviously a malfunctioning meter. What else could it be? 

'not, a perfectly functioning meter hack that is switch operated. been shown on the news before

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Stop use taxi meter 

Easy so they quickly learn to behave better if they want costumers 

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1 hour ago, Billthekiwi said:

I have faced a dodgy fare meter myself. For maybe 1 km I watched the numbers increment like a petrol pump.

 

I asked the driver to pull over. Paid him and told him he was a thief.

 

Then I hailed another cab and traveled happily to my destination.

Paid him?? It would not have been me.

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I one time I glanced yo and the meter seemed to be going faster than normal, then I saw the wires from the meter to a switch to the man's side. It was hidden under that towel. Covering the meter should be illegal, modern electronics can stand wuite a bit if heat. Or the manufacturer needs to add a fan.  It was a short hop so he could not rip me off much .  But I pointed out the wires.   now that I know Thailand more, I would be tempted to take a picture and confront the guy but now that I know Thailand more, I know that could get my throat slit. 

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This happened to me twice in 2 weeks from DMK.  Both times when I pointed it out to the driver , they got nervous, turned off the meter saying “ok , pay what you normally pay” 

No doubt they catch a fair number of unsuspecting tourist that don’t know better.  The government could curb this with some sting operations. 

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I have faced a dodgy fare meter myself. For maybe 1 km I watched the numbers increment like a petrol pump.

 

I asked the driver to pull over. Paid him and told him he was a thief.

 

Then I hailed another cab and traveled happily to my destination.

 

I am not doubting you but I like to understand the mechanics of such things.

 

How do they get the meter to advance more quickly only at certain times on demand?

 

How are the meters designed to measure distance? I can understand how a clock would measure time, ofcourse...lol

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What is the world coming to when a hacked meter doesn't work properly. Technology, who needs it? He must have paid good money for that.

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