I flew into Canberra the other day and was asked at the taxi rank if I was happy to take a cab with another person in the queue as we were both heading in roughly the same direction. After we both got in, and after we arrived at the other passenger’s destination, the cab stopped and charged the passenger $12. I then drove on for another 0.5-1km to my destination and the cab charged me $18, because rather than resetting the meter, he kept it running after the initial fare was paid.
So basically, the cab company collected $30 for a trip that would usually cost $20, and I effectively paid a cab $18 to drive less than a km. I asked the driver why the meter wasn’t reset after the first passenger got out and he said that it was not because we were given the off-peak rate as we agreed to carpool together in the cab.
I’m just wondering if this is common and whether it is necessarily legal or regulated against?
It just seems rather dodgy to me.