Passengers – Things to look out for when taking a taxi in KL
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city, is a bustling metropolitan teeming with 5-star hotels, amazing shopping destinations, and structures with great architecture such as the Petronas Towers. It is also a cultural center where tourists can immerse themselves to the Malaysian way of living.
Navigating around Kuala Lumpur, the easiest and fastest way is by using a taxi. Pronounced ‘Teksi’ in Malay, these vehicles have a sign on them with the word Bermeter written on them, meaning a metered taxi. Some tourists may worry about being scammed by unscrupulous taxi drivers but in general, exploring the city by taxi is a safe and preferred option. To make your stay in Kuala Lumpur a truly memorable one, below are some tips when going around through taxis:
Check if the meter is running
Under the law, all taxi drivers are required to have a properly functioning meter. Do not agree on fixed prices as you’ll normally be overcharged, and always insist to turn the meter on.
Take note of the driver’s name, company, and plate number
As a precautionary measure, it is always a good idea to get the taxi driver’s name, the company he’s working for, and the vehicle’s plate number. This is especially helpful if you leave something valuable inside the cab such as your passport, ID or other important documents.
Have a contract with your taxi driver
If you are planning to explore the city for several days, it may be a good idea to get the services of a taxi driver for a fixed price that is good for the duration of your tour. This will eliminate the hassles of getting a taxi from one point to another, thus, giving you more time to enjoy what this beautiful city has to offer.