Greek Cabbies Busted for Cheating Customers, Tourists

FILE - Taxi drivers protest outside the Ministry of Transportation, in Athens, July 13, 2017. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Stelios Misinas)

Already with a notorious reputation for gouging people, Greek cab drivers got another blow when traffic police made 118 checks and found 37 had committed violations, including overcharging customers and targeting unsuspecting tourists.

The checks took place near the Acropolis in central Athens, in and around the port of Piraeus and the central Kifissos bus station, said Kathimerini, with on arrest for meter tampering and another on a driver who charged tourists 80 euros for a short drive from the port of Piraeus to the Acropolis. Both were to appear before a prosecutor.

The taxi industry, wanting to keep a monopoly, got Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras to make changes to laws allowing ride-sharing services such as Uber – which provide estimates for rides and give identities of drivers – to essentially force them out of business and unable to compete with cabs.

“I was charged 40 euros for a ride that was supposed to cost 20 euros because the price supposedly doubles after 9 pm. Not true: they double after midnight,” one complaint on Trip Advisor said about a Greek cab driver.