Some Canberra taxis have new meters installed.
Yesterday, in the second time in as many weeks, I got into a cab around 6pm, and noticed the rate was set on the more expensive option (Rate 2, which starts at 9pm). Both times on notifying the driver that the rate was incorrect, I got the same response – “the rate is automatically set, and I have just swapped over shifts with the day driver”.
I rang the taxi company and flagged this with them. They said the rate can be manually changed and were concerned about the potential for ‘accidental’ overcharge, as was I.
If you are catching taxis around town, might pay to do a quick check to make sure the correct rate is on the meter.