They Don't Even Have to Rip You Off Anymore!

A Prague court has ruled that taxi drivers no longer have to respect a maximum fare charge set by the city authorities. Prague's taxi drivers have already earned a notorious reputation for ripping off foreigners, and it seems now they have a licence to continue doing so, penalty-free.

The change has come from a court ruling that a taxi company which had been charging 90 crowns per kilometre can continue to do so legally, despite the fare exceeding the maximum price introduced by Prague City Hall by more than three times. The ruling confirms something that many taxi drivers have already been doing, namely setting their fares without regarding City Hall's regulations. Tourism has already hiked prices up for many services in the city, and the inevitable increase in taxi prices is just another side effect of Prague's popularity with foreigners.


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