Taxi inspectors chase hyenas, find numerous “anomalies”

Tourism

Inspectors of the Budapest Transportation Center (BKK) conducted extensive inspections into the operation of taxi cabs in the city in the past two months and out of 1,700 probes found anomalies in nearly 50% of the cases, daily Népszabadság reported.

The most common issues were failure to give receipts or overcharging.

BKK concentrated on areas like the international airport or train terminals that are frequented by foreigners who often become the victims of freelance taxi drivers referred to as “hyenas” in Hungarian; these drivers typically overcharge the unsuspecting visitors or choose a far longer route than necessary in getting to the desired destination.

BKK representatives reported that the necessary countermeasures against those found to be in violation of the regulations have been taken.

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