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Paris airport rolls out new taxi system after fake driver hits tourists for €247 ride

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Paris airport rolls out new taxi system after fake driver hits tourists for €247 ride
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10:00 CET+01:00
Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris has introduced a new scheme to protect tourists from rogue taxi drivers after one couple were hit with a €247 bill by an illegal cabbie.

CDG airport has introduced new "official airport taxis" (Taxi Officiel Aéroport) which will be available from 5am to 11pm everyday at specific taxi ranks.

The ranks will be easier to locate for those tourists who are regularly confused by the signage at  the country's biggest airport.

Around 40 taxi drivers will now wear numbered blue vests so tourists can easily spot them and help them detect which drivers might be fake.

"The hunt for illegal taxi drivers is a public safety priority," said Paris police chief Michel Delpuech.

“Taxi services are part of the welcoming," said Delpuech adding that illegal drivers have a huge negative impact on the economy and tourism.

The problem of illegal taxi drivers at CDG airport has increased in recent years with 918 drivers stopped by police in 2018 compared to 243 in 2016.

One experienced airport taxi driver told RTL radio: "It's time to react. But we also need police to be on the ground at the airport. The fake taxi drivers taunt us and insult us on a daily basis and things can get violent."

The issue of illegal taxi drivers was highlighted in November when a couple of tourists from Thailand shared a video online of how they were conned by a cabbie who hit them with a €247 bill for a ride from CDG airport to the centre of Paris.

VIDEO: Tourists in Paris warned after couple hit with €247 taxi fare from CDG airport

In the video you see the unlicensed driver of the "taxi" demanding €247 aggressively in English from his two passengers, a couple from Thailand. 
 
The journey was from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris which in an official Paris taxi can only cost a maximum of €55 after a flat rate fee system for official taxis taking passengers to and from the capital's airports was introduced in 2016
 
Tourists are encouraged to head to the official taxi ranks and not be persuaded to get into a car by drivers waiting at arrivals. For more information on how to avoid being conned by fake taxi drives in Paris see link below.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about taking a taxi in Paris to avoid being conned

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