Have you tried catching a cab in Palma over the past few weeks? It is virtually impossible.

If you don’t book, you’re in for a long wait and the council has decided not to increase working hours for taxi-drivers, claiming that the shortage is only at peak periods. Rubbish.

The shortage is every day and all day, especially when the cruise ships are in town. The port is where all the cabbies are, hoping for a lucrative job while residents in Palma and business people are stranded at empty taxi ranks for ages hoping that they’ll get to their meeting on time.

Yes, I can see the attraction of waiting for hours at the airport or the port hoping for a nice little number to Alcudia or Capdepera, but it is a gamble. The hungry cabbie may just get a quick journey to the centre of Palma - all that waiting for nothing.

A taxi-driver explained to me the other day that while on paper there are plenty of taxis, at any one time nearly 50 per cent are not on duty.

Ok, don’t extend working hours, just reduce the number of days cabbies have off during the peak season. Moreover, I think Palma’s cabbies need to take a leaf out of their counterparts in London.

I was late for a very important meeting the other day because the taxi driver didn’t know where our offices are and I am sick and tired of being asked which route I want to take: the most direct one obviously.

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Andy Rawson / Hace over 5 years

The numbers displayed on the taxi roof are 1) Mallorcan on board 2) Mainlander on board 3) Ex-pat on board 4) Tourist on board (Joking of course)

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Viv / Hace over 5 years

I use taxis a lot as I have mobility problems and haven’t noticed any more problems this summer than in previous summers. I usually find one fairly easily in the centre of Palma (but by flagging them down, not at taxi ranks) and if I phone for one to collect me at home or elsewhere in Palma they usually send one pretty quickly. I never have to book unless it’s at some unearthly hour. No-one is going to invest money in a taxi if they are only given a licence to operate in the summer months. And of course they can’t increase their working hours or working days – it would be illegal! Spanish laws are not the same as London laws! And employment laws are passed in Madrid not in Mallorca.

In cities on the mainland it’s common practice for taxi drivers to ask a passenger for their preferred route so why not here? It’s simply common courtesy since some people often do have one (myself included). If you’re not fussy then just say so, where’s the problem? Maybe it’s not customary in the UK but it is here. Adapt! It seems you get ‘sick and tired’ very easily about a minor issue yet only the other day you yourself were complaining about people whinging about things.

S: The fares and all the surcharges should be posted inside the taxi. The rate changes on the way from Palma to the airport as you move from one demarcation to another. But you do have to watch, especially if the driver realises that you are a ‘guiri’. You should ask for a ‘recibo desglosado’ at the end of your journey if you aren’t satisfied and query any surcharges that don’t match the tariffs shown.

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S. / Hace over 5 years

I recently had to use a Taxi from Plaza Espana to the Airport at 09.49 in the morning.

The driver kept pushing buttons on the charge meter, during the journey. On arrival at Departures. He pushed more buttons. This increased the cost to € 16.10 . Was this the correct procedure and charge ? I paid €17.00 and obtained a receipt. Can anyone concur that this was correct, both by the driver and the final charge procedures.

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