My team and I had spent 26 hours in Cebu this weekend. Upon return to Manila, we opted to ride the yellow airport taxi and here are our observations (complaint later):
A colleague had Airport Taxi with Plate Number TYT611 (as indicated in the receipt below). He was charged PHP310 from NAIA Terminal 2 to LRT Buendia, where the provincial bus stations are. Scrutinizing the receipt, you will notice that the total distance indicate 17.533 kilometers. How can it happen?! From NAIA Terminal 2 to LRT Buendia, it is just 7.7 kilometers. The entire stretch of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) from Magallanes to the Alabang Viaduct is just 14 kilometers! We smell something fishy here …
Now my cab ride … TYT283.
A few meters out of the airport, the cabbie turned on the taxi meter. To my surprise, I could not see the running amount, only some numbers — not sure if they refer to distance or time we had traveled. I asked the cabbie why is that so, he said that it (the taxi meter) was altered that way to make sure that the receipt printer will work. I do not think I was charged over the usual price by the cabbie, but I rather find it unusual that he has a meter like that — no amount on screen; you will only know how much you will pay when we prints the receipt. Obviously, a cover was installed (black strip) in front of the LED lights to reflect the running amount. Poor passengers, you will not have any idea on how much you will need to pay the cabbie not until he makes a printout from the taxi meter.
Dear MIAA General Manager Honrado, appreciate if you can shed light on these matters. Thank you and more power!