Foreign Office issues Spanish taxi warning that could cost Brits 600 euros

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Brits jetting off to Spain are being warned about a taxi rule that could see them slapped with fines up to 600 euros. Strict Spanish laws require all taxis and private hire vehicles to be officially registered, but many holidaymakers might not know that hopping into an unlicensed cab could cost them dearly.

The UK Foreign Office is urging travellers to stick to recognised and licensed taxis or transport services. Their website advises: "Only use official registered or licensed taxis, or reputable transport companies you recognise. Licensing regulations differ across Spain and in certain cities pre-booking is required."

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It also cautions: "Passengers caught using unlicensed taxi services are liable for fines of up to 600 Euros. Make sure you book your taxi or airport transfer through a licensed firm."

Travel gurus at GoGuides have pointed out that all above-board Spanish taxis will display a visible meter. They're warning against drivers who offer a set price claiming their meter is broken, or those taking longer routes to hike up the fare, reports the Mirror.

Their top tip is straightforward: "Check that the meter is switched on before entering the taxi. If the driver claims that it's not working, decline politely and find another taxi. You can call your hotel to get an estimated cost of the trip to avoid getting overcharged."