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TAXI DRIVERS - ONE PRICE FOR FOREIGNERS ANOTHER FOR ECUADORIANS - QUITO, ECUADOR - February 10, 2010

El Comercio newspaper in Quito ran a story earlier this week regarding taxis in Quito. Despite laws requiring that taximeters be used, drivers are naming their own price and not using the meters. The newspaper used an Ecuadorian reporter and another reporter of Swiss origin on three different routes. The Ecuadorian always paid less. On the route from the airport to the the Hotel Hilton Colon, the Swiss reporter was quoted six-dollars. The Ecuadorian was charged three-dollars and eleven cents. Another resident complained in the paper that the taxis at the airport never use the taximeter and charge about double what the cost should be. This particular person always walks across the street from the airport and hales a taxi. It is a very short distance from the airport to cross the main street.

The president of the taxi association told the newspaperr that they have one price for Ecuadorians and one for foreigners in part due to their high cost of operation.

       

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