“Rip off Gozo” – How to Discourage Tourists – Readers Letter
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Readers Letter – “Several weeks ago I was visiting Victoria in the daytime on my own and felt unwell. I sat on a wall for a while but then realised that I should return to my home in San Lawrenz.
I was so unwell that I could not use my mobile phone to call home to arrange a lift so, with the aid of my walking stick, I managed to get to the taxi area at Independence Square.
There was just one taxi with a driver asleep in the back. I wakened him and he was very courteous helping me into his vehicle.
Please do not interpret ‘unwell’ as intoxicated. I do have a heart condition and cannot drink alcohol.
There was no meter visible in the taxi so when we reached my home I asked how much I owed. As he again very politely helped me from the taxi he stated that the fare was 23 euro. I paid 25 euro to include a tip and, although shocked, thought little more about it.
Commenting on this high cost of taxis to some friends recently they pointed out that there was a taxi fare tariff on a board in the square which I, being ill, had not noticed. On my next visit to Victoria I checked this to find that the fare should be less than 9 euro.
I live here but fully understand the tourists who tell me about their ‘rip-off’ Gozo experiences. They rarely return.”