AA labels European taxi services 'appalling'
03 July 2012
While London is famous for its black cab culture and friendly drivers, the AA has launched a damning report into taxis on the continent.
A survey, conducted by Belgian consumer group Eurotest, and published by the organisation, conducted test rides in 22 European cities and noted that many taxis were overcharging and some took tourists on longer routes.
It also found that some holidaymakers are subject to journeys at high speeds, making for a highly uncomfortable experience. According to the survey, a third of taxis would not accept credit cards with Rotterdam being singled out as the least compliant.
Madrid and Barcelona, however, were commended for having the highest standard of vehicles.
The AA said: "The standard of driving and customer care was often appalling. Not one of 22 major cities on the continent provided a taxi service that could be described as 'very good'."
To avoid these charges, many people are looking to take driving holidays through the likes of France, Spain and Italy however the Institute of Advanced Motorists has warned drivers of the new road regulations within these countries.
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