Transport authorities checked nearly 1,250 taxis and took action in 98 cases during the tourist season this summer as part of an enhanced scheme to obstruct “taxi scammers”, the development ministry said on Tuesday.
As part of the checks held between mid-June and late-September, the authorities withdrew 11 licences and imposed fines totalling 41 million forints (EUR 134,000), the statement said.
The most common violation was the lack of a passenger transport licence, resulting in a fine of 600,000 forints.
The ministry said that taxis that breach regulations also damage Hungary’s reputation among tourists arriving in Budapest.
Several checks were held near the Liszt Ferenc Airport in Budapest
and authorities often acted as mystery shoppers to reveal cases of overcharging and the failure to issue an invoice. The checks are planned to continue, the ministry said.
As we wrote before, Budapest is in the midfield concerning taxi prices. Taking a cab is the cheapest in Cairo, at least among the 80 cities examined by Carspring. The “award” for the most expensive taxi rides goes to Zurich in Switzerland.
Also we wrote about new airport bus, which takes you from City Center to Budapest Airport for 2.8 euros.
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