Is it correct that taxi drivers from the airport can charge the same fare to each passenger going to the same area? We had to share a taxi from the airport to a SMB hotel and had to wait while a passenger was dropped off to the Marriott only to be charged the same fare to go to another hotel. Surely there should be a reduced fee for sharing rides?
Auntie’s answer: Let me start by saying I understand your frustration. Logically, it doesn’t seem to make sense that the taxi driver earns the same fare on every passenger going to nearly the same place. As you suggest, a reduced fare for sharing might be a solution. After all, the driver is going there anyway. However, if you look at it another way, why should the driver lose out on fares because people decide to share the ride?
Well, the definitive answer to your question comes from the Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA), which allows passengers to share taxis from the airport if they are travelling to the same place or in the same vicinity. An official explained, “The policy is that each party is required to pay the full fare to their destination even when sharing. Fares are not split. It is also the policy that passengers have to agree to share the taxi and understand that they will pay their full fare before they are dispatched.”
In addition, the dispatcher must ask if all the passengers agree to share, which usually only happens if there is a shortage of taxis, according to the CIAA.
Last point: Passengers should never be forced to share and can choose simply to wait for the next available taxi.
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