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Old 03-06-2011   #1 (permalink)
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Taxi Fare Increase

It seems that effective March 1, the minimum taxi fare (within zone 1) has increased from 15 pesos to 20 pesos.
The biggest complaint from locals is that the new rates (from zone to zone) are not published and the taxi drivers are taking advantage of the situation.
Imagine that!
Some are being charged up to a 70 peso fare to the outlying neighborhoods.

The story HERE

My advice? Within Zone 1 (Airport Road to 34th and the beach to Ave 100) - get in and pay the 20 pesos when you arrive at your destination - don't ask - don't negotiate.

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Well that sux!
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so what is the fare now to/from Playacar that used to be 50p?
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so what is the fare now to/from Playacar that used to be 50p?
Who knows?
That is the biggest complaint that there are no rate sheets.
I'd get out of the taxi, pay 50 pesos....then run like hell!
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This reminds me of the time I took a cab from Playacar to 10th and 10th, a trip I took several times a week. Back then the local rate was 30 pesos. The driver asked for 50. In my Spanglish I explained that I lived and worked in Playa and only paid 30. I gave him 30 and he threw it back at me shouting POLICIA! I said Si. He flagged down a motorcycle cop. After several minutes another cop arrived, I explained again, well tried to. In the end the police told the can driver to take the 30 pesos, at which point he sped off, with nothing. I think I went to Bar Ranita for a cold one, it was a hot day to be standing out in the sun haggling with a cab driver.

So, if you feel ripped off, don't back down.

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taxi

the rate hike might be O.K. if they actually stick to it ... cabbies have become a larger and larger pain in the neck in this decade w/nickle and diming customers w/overcharges .... I refuse to argue w/them for fear of a bad scene w/blood on the pavement and me in chains over a few pesos .... I applaud those we/the guts and composure to slug it out .... I vote w/my feet, literally, much to the detriment of cabbies
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We had them charge 50 almost every time from Playacar 1 however we did have one guy try to charge us 70, he called it the "special rate" because we called the front gate. We refused and he sped off squealing his tires.
After that we decided not to ask and just pay the 50 there were no arguments. We also had one quote us something ridiculous to Akumal so we simply walked out to the taxi stand in front of Playacar and got someone more reasonable.
For the first couple weeks I think whoever was calling the cabs from the number we had was trying to rip us off but that did end afterwards they even drove the cabs in to our front door with their little motorcycles or bikes.
Around town we paid between 20-50 for rides. La Floresta was the cheapest ride oddly enough even though it was farther away.
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Is it not best to ask before you get into a cab and try and negotiate then, rather than after the ride??
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Is it not best to ask before you get into a cab and try and negotiate then, rather than after the ride??
the rates are fixed
there is normally no need to negotiate

now with the fare increase, we need to see the new list
that could cause a problem until someone produces the list

and ftr, it used to be 14 and 17 pesos for most rides in town
i hope the 20 pesos that i always give will still cover it
this is actually gonna hurt a lot of the cabbies who just drive their wagons for an owner cause they are gonna lose a lot in tips
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Is it not best to ask before you get into a cab and try and negotiate then, rather than after the ride??
No.
The fare is not negotiable.
In town - pay 20 and walk.

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this is actually gonna hurt a lot of the cabbies who just drive their wagons for an owner cause they are gonna lose a lot in tips
Exactly
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I'll still give them 20 no tip I guess. No skin off my nose but this will hurt some locals.
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No.
The fare is not negotiable.
In town - pay 20 and walk.


Exactly
Good advice. Three times this week, when we asked, we were quoted 50 pesos with each trip inside of 4th and 26th along 10th. The only 20 peso ride we've had was a short trip from 24th to the end of 1st at Calle 10.
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Good advice. Three times this week, when we asked, we were quoted 50 pesos with each trip inside of 4th and 26th along 10th. The only 20 peso ride we've had was a short trip from 24th to the end of 1st at Calle 10.
And you paid the 50? Tsk Tsk
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And you paid the 50? Tsk Tsk
Nope, we were quoted the 50 so chose to walk. Did pay the 20 to go down 1st though.
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walmart to Calle 14 and Ave 1...we offered 20 pesos and were told the fares went up and it is now 30 pesos...we had a lot of bags so we paid the 30 pesos but now we make more frequent trips and buy less and just walk...sonofdob
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