Yellow Metered Taxis In PAL Centennial Airport

Early this morning I went to PAL Centennial Airport to fetch the significant other who was arriving from Bangkok, Thailand. I couldn’t bring my car because of the ‘color coding’ scheme so I thought that we’ll just get one of those  there. True, they actually cost twice as much as the usual taxis but given that you won’t have to haggle with the taxi drivers who usually prey on hapless passenges, I thought that the price is well worth it.

Imagine my surprise when after getting into the cab, the yellow metered taxi driver said that the fare going to my place in Sta. Mesa would cost me P550. I asked the driver ‘Isn’t this supposed to be a metered taxi?’ I don’t know if he heard me or just pretended not to hear because he just went ahead and called his dispatcher using their on-taxi radio. He confirmed with his dispatcher that we will be paying P550. I was about to argue some more but the significant other told me to just let it be.

Now, the fare going to my place only costs about P140. Even if you double that or even triple it, I shouldn’t be paying anything more than P420. But really, that’s beside the point. If you’re gonna tell the world that you’re strictly a metered taxi and that although you cost a few pennies more than the usual taxi, then for Pete’s sake stick to the program. Be a frigging metered taxi and make sure your drivers don’t become mercenaries preying on tired passengers. We already have a lot of those! For all the good publicity that this yellow metered taxis is given, this really isn’t good for PAL heck, it’s not even good for the country’s tourism.

What’s really frustrating about this is that, it’s not just the taxi driver who’s doing the scamming, even the airport operator is in on it too. Which makes one wonder what kind of controls the owner of this PAL accredited taxi service is doing to monitor their operation, or do they even have one?

I see all those stickers on the windshield of those yellow metered taxis in PAL and I can’t help but think BS. Just another one of those despicable practices that ruin the Philippines travel experience. I really hope the management of this yellow metered taxi in PAL Centennial Airport looks into this. These guys are giving the Philippines a bad name.

By the way, if you’re gonna look into this, the yellow sticker on the windshield says 336 and the time we took that taxi was around 4:00 AM (Nov. 12, 2009) going to Sta. Mesa. And yes, I actually heard the driver talking to the guy in dispatch and them agreeing to the amount. The driver didn’t even give me a receipt.

Anyway, for those travelers looking to hire one of these yellow metered taxis, the prudent thing to do would be to insure with the dispatch that the driver will be using the taxi meter. I know you shouldn’t have to do this given that that’s what their supposed to do, but it seems you can not trust people these days to do what they’re supposed to do. So better make sure so you don’t get the kind of drama that I had.

I’m pretty sure that this is an isolated incident, but the fact that the taxi driver connived with the dispatcher, there is most assuredly a practice of this sort going on. I just hope their management looks into this ASAP.

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9 Comments… add one

  • ceblogger Nov 12, 2009

    and they even closed some gates, making it more difficult for the passengers to find and choose the white-colored taxis (flag-down P30).

  • Eric Nov 13, 2009

    want the cheapest way? take the bus… 😀

  • Jena Isle Nov 19, 2009

    You're absolutely right, they're too greedy chomping on anything they could get their teeth into, parang mga buwaya. There was one instance during Christmas that they came outright at balikbayans to ask for Pamasko. Ang ka kapal ng mga apog nila. Sana, mag malasakit naman sila ng konti .

    I've written once a letter to the editor of The Inquirer about these bad practices of people at NAIA , but nothing came out of it. Perhaps they need more complainants to act on the matter.

    All the best.

  • Eddie Garcia Dec 4, 2009

    It is a shame that there are so many dishonest folks in the world. I thought we had all of them in the US. lol Sorry you got robbed, so to speak, but think how many others are being ripped off and it does look bad for tourism. Thanks for the heads up!

    Friends 4 Life!

  • edwin525 Dec 7, 2009

    i got robbed last Nov. 27 too… i just arrived from US and was too tired to argue with the driver. i am a frequent traveler and i know the rates so i asked the driver why is the fare ended up 736 when i use to pay around 200 only (max 250 pag traffic).. he said he doesn't know as he is only a driver earning on a commission basis. i called the number at the dispatch slip and someone took my complaint… the girl on the phone said what they can do is cancel or suspend the taxi driver. but the conversation is very casual and i didn't sense they are taking complaints seriously. 2 years ago when they introduced the yellow taxis it was perfect and i am glad then na meron na taung maayos na airport taxi system… but now wala nanamang kwenta!!!

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  • web site design company Jan 14, 2010

    I would like to know how one can obtain a passport from the Philippines to travel to England for medical treatment? Thank you.

  • Pinoy Traveller Apr 17, 2010

    Had the same experience in Mactan Cebu International Airport.

    I asked for a regular taxi and they readily loaded my things in the yellow cab that meters almost twice than the regular taxi fare…

    What I did was I forcibly got my things from the trunk of the yellow cab and then walk until I reached the Domestic Departure area of MCIAA.

    Most of the white taxis drop travelers there.

  • NYC Limo Jun 15, 2010

    Yeah it’s definitely much easier to travel in a limousine or taxi rather than using public transportation…especially if you are a tourist visiting.

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