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New campaign compares them with the great rip-offs of the communist era.10 April 2017
Apparently still flummoxed by how to deal with Prague’s famed, overpricing taxis, Prague City Hall is trying a novel approach.
According to Prague.TV, one of the signs in a new information campaign says (in English): “These cabs are part of a museum of communism exhibition. Want to experience the totalitarian era? Exorbitant prices for an otherwise cheap service! Be careful or get a trustworthy cab.”
Another sign used in the campaign tries a similarly provocative approach: “Do you want to enjoy one of the world's most expensive taxi rides?” the signs asks and then compares the unofficial Prague price per kilometer (11 euros) with the official rate (one euro), Prague.TV reports.
Various people have gone undercover over the years to show how corrupt some local taxi drivers are. One of the most famous in recent years was young journalist Janek Rubes, who was frequently threatened during his series of broadcasts on the Czech Internet TV site Stream.cz. While he has said that the situation has improved a lot over the past decade, he added that it’s almost guaranteed for foreigners to be ripped off if they dare to take a taxi in one of the downtown touristy locations.
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