Exorbitant Taxi Prices Shock Tourists in Split: A Consequence of Regulatory Changes
As the tourist season kicks off in Split, Croatia, a recurring issue resurfaces – tourists expressing shock and dismay over the exorbitant prices charged by taxi services. In a recent incident, a visitor was charged nearly 180 euros for a ride from Split’s Ferry port to the airport. The incident has sparked outrage among locals and tourists alike, highlighting the need for regulatory intervention in the taxi industry.
The Expensive Ride
According to eyewitnesses, an anonymous reader shared their encounter with a bewildered customer at a ‘rent a car’ facility near Split Airport. The customer expressed disbelief at the 180 euro fare for a relatively short distance within the city. The incident prompted his colleague to suggest involving the police, as the situation appeared irrational and unjustifiable.
Concerns from Industry Experts
Milivoj Topić, president of the Guild of Transporters at the Chamber of Commerce of the Split-Dalmatia County, expressed deep concern over the recurring issue. He emphasized that for the past 4-5 years, there has been a growing sentiment of discontent surrounding the taxi industry. Topić lamented the lack of regulatory control and stated that the state had allowed the situation to escalate. He called attention to the fact that individuals can acquire a taxi license and operate as taxi drivers without adhering to regulated pricing.
Regulatory Changes and Consequences
In the past, taxi prices in Split were determined by the City, ensuring a fair and standardized tariff for both locals and tourists. However, the Road Transport Act brought significant changes, granting taxi operators the ability to set their own prices. This shift has resulted in unchecked price hikes and the exploitation of unsuspecting tourists. Previously, the winter tariff stood at HRK 30 (approximately EUR 4) for up to three kilometers within the city, while the summer tariff began at HRK 20, with an additional charge of HRK 10 per kilometer. The public often criticized these rates as expensive, but they now appear modest compared to the recent surge in prices.
The Quest for Justice
The affected tourists, alarmed by the unjustified fare, reported the incident to the local police. Unfortunately, despite their efforts, the authorities were unable to provide assistance. The existing legal framework allows taxi drivers to operate freely within the law, despite public outcry and dissatisfaction.
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