Dublin Gardai have warned taxi customers to be aware of the estimated cost of their journey after seven taxis were caught using deceitful methods.
Gardai conducted a checkpoint on the Malahide road yesterday, where five taxis were detected for the offence of not using the shortest route. This offence results in a prosecution via summons and carries and fine of up to €2500.
Two other taxis were stung for overcharging their passengers, which will result in a fixed charge penalty notice which carries a €60 fine.
During a similar checkpoint last week six taxis were detected for failing to use the shortest route and three for overcharging. These types of joint operations Gardai and NTA will continue throughout the summer months.
Gardai wish to stress that the vast majority of taxis stopped were fully compliant with the legislation, however they have warned that members of the public engaging the services of a taxi should establish the likely cost in advance of the proposed journey.
"They should also examine the receipt to ensure that date, time are accurately recorded and all additions applied are valid."
A customer walking up to a taxi rank and engaging a taxi does not attract a pre- booking fee.
Gardai also recommended that the public should also use the Driver Check App, which will allow the public check that the taxi driver and also the vehicle are properly licensed anyone with concerns should contact Gardaí.