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New rules to stop taxi cheats in Stockholm

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Drivers must submit a binding quote to compare prices

The rules for taxi fares have been tightened in Stockholm, the aim being to stop customers – especially business and leisure tourists in the city – being cheated.

Drivers must now submit a binding quote for comparing the price of a trip if it exceeds SEK 500 (€50).

The changes have been pushed by Infrastructure Minister Anna Johansson, who is determined to stop the taxi cheats. Under the new rules, the police can confiscate taxis’ license plates.

“Being able to trust that they do not pay excessive prices in Swedish taxis is important for us who live here, and also for tourists and business travellers visiting Sweden,” she says.

Per Juth of the Swedish Taxi Association is in favour of tightening the rules but warns that supervision and information must also increase.

“We hope this change in the law will yield results […] But that does not automatically mean it will work. It requires an information campaign and an increase in supervision.”

Besöksliv

[photo Swedavia/Lasse Modin]

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