Here is a good reason to get a cab at the rank at Schiphol Airport. Police in Amsterdam have arrested eight suspects connected to a plot to excessively overcharge taxi passengers.
In one case a Swedish man was ordered to pay 595 euros for a ride from the airport to Amsterdam city center, a taxi fare that normally costs between 40 and 60 euros.
Tourists from outside the Netherlands were targeted in a plot dating back to November 2016, when police noticed a surge in reports of taxi drivers demanding exorbitant amounts for rides to Amsterdam.
“When the passengers refused to pay, they were put under pressure in various ways,” the prosecutor stated. In many of the cases, tourists were solicited by cabbies at the airport, a practice the airport and authorities tried to heavily restrict as those trying to get customers grew more aggressive.
Written by: Ian McIntosh