I ride a taxi from East mall to my place, usually my fare meter for the ride only cost me seventy pesos. but two days ago, I was given a receipt by the taxi driver, named Gilbert, Escol.Driving C-097 yellow cab. He was expecting me to pay him an amount from the receipt which cost 274 pesos. I asked him why I was billed that much, when I used to ride a taxi from that mall to my place, and my fare never reach that amount. no matter how traffic it is. His answer was simple, he was a yellow cab taxi, an airport taxi, and their plug down rate is 70 pesos.
I told him I will report him, and even dare me to do it, just to give him the amount in the receipt. I refuse to pay him and demand to get his name and validate it in his identification card, I checked his receipt and saw that the date of receipt was December 12,2009. Hey, taxi driver, don't fool me around,its December 25,2010 now and the time is 7:30pm not 4pm, you freak!. I don't care if your an airport taxi, in the first place, I didn't ride in the airport. If your exclusive for the airport, then don't pick up anywhere in the metro. When I start questioning him the details in his receipt, he immediately agrees to accept the amount that I told him I am used to pay, the 70 pesos. You see, if I was not that bold enough to ask him and just let him fool me, he will go away with the money he never sweat. I'm still not giving up, I have all the details of the receipt and his name and the cabs plate number , I am going to report that man, when office for LTFRB resume.
Note, It was only that time that I learned about there 70 pesos plug down rate, I was really clueless, yet he is responsible of letting his passenger know there special rate. And even so, his giving the passenger a receipt that does not match the details on the actual date and time of ride, is a big NO, NO. So please beware, before you ride a cab, make sure you have the details of the taxi, the plate number, the franchise number and the name of the driver, if you can call your loved ones while your inside the cab, do it, and make the driver hear the flow of your conversation with the person you called, and that your giving the details of his cab. For your own protection, its better to be alert than sorry, in that way you are giving the driver a hint to do their job rightfully and drop you whole in front of your place. And another thing, if you don't know the exact location of the place you are going to, I suggest you asked a friend first before you ride a cab, because if not, and you just let the driver lead the way, chances are you will be tour around before heading the place. But not all drivers are crooked, and do those tricks, there are still few good drivers out there, your lucky if you were able to ride with a good taxi driver, but if not, those crook taxi driver out there will make money out of your innocence. So, careful, with my experience of riding a taxi, the most cases I encounter is the fast meter of taxi driver, touring you around if your not familiar on the place you are heading to, over charging and contractual conveyance.