This weeks Whine Wednesday is about a phenomenon mostly prevalent where local taxi mafias have a tight grip on the business, namely the ban of ride services such as UBER/GrabTaxi from certain areas.
I was in Bali this last weekend and stayed one night at the Le Meridien Jimbaran which is located right adjacent a popular row of seafood restaurants where many tourists go in the evening.
Places like these are notorious for taxi drivers loitering around who wait for tourists to rip them off with prices well above the market rate.
We had dinner at one of these restaurants by the beach which was very nice and due to staying at the Le Meridien Jimbaran right next door there was no need to use a taxi in the evening but when walking to the beach the next morning I saw these pretty direct signs telling people that UBER and Grab Taxi ‘Are not allowed in the area’.
I’m not sure how they enforce this personal ban or if the local taxi drivers go nuts on UBER drivers such as it is the case in Malaysia (LoyaltyLobby previously wrote about it here).
We used UBER both to and from the Le Meridien so I guess one could always go to the hotels driveway and order a car there even if you’re not a guest.
I can’t stand it when local taxi mafias become so militant to protect their scam business and even have the audacity to rack up signs like these.
I doubt there is anything the local drivers can do if someone orders such a car service regardless of their ridiculous signs. It’s more to discourage tourists from using the app and instead fall prey to the taxi drivers loitering around the restaurants. Other than that it’s always a good choice to find a nearby hotel and order the car to that location which should ensure a seamless pickup.