WHILE taxi drivers in Bratislava do choose the best routes to reach destinations, two-thirds of them fail to give cash receipts to their clients. This is according to the results of an inspection by the Slovak Trade Inspectorate (SOI) that were released on July 18, as reported by the TASR newswire.

SOI conducted the inspection in conjunction with Bratislava City Hall during 18 drives on July 9, 12 and 13 in order to ascertain the level of compliance with the Consumer Protection Act.

Valid and fully functional meters were present in the cars during all of the 18 drives. However, in 12 of the 18 instances, the SOI inspectors, acting as foreign tourists, failed to receive proof of payment.

Not all was bad, though, as the inspectors found positive things, too.

“It’s not true to say that the taxi drivers take their clients wherever they want, as this wasn’t proven. The routes were chosen appropriately considering the traffic at the time. All taxi drivers were very polite and they tried to communicate in a foreign language,” said SOI director Nadežda Machutová, as quoted by TASR.

Bratislava City Hall reported yesterday on its own inspections of the city’s taxi drivers, during which infringements of rules in 43 of 126 taxi drivers inspected were found. These inspections were carried out early in the summer.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports.
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