Spain holidaymakers issued 600 euro fine warning over little-known taxi mistake

Tourists are being warned over the use of unlicensed taxis in Spain
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Holidaymakers are being urged not to make a common mistake when getting a taxi in Spain.

It is mandatory for taxis and private hire companies in Spain to be registered. However, a lesser-known taxi regulation could lead to fines for tourists.

The Foreign Office warns that using unlicensed taxi services may result in passengers facing fines of up to 600 euros. Those requiring taxi services in Spain should pre-book rather than hail a cab on the spot. This applies to anyone, whether you need a taxi to and from the airport, or around the area you're staying, reports the Liverpool Echo.

The Foreign Office says on its website: "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.

"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."

GoGuides states that taxis in Spain are licensed and equipped with clearly visible meters. However, some drivers may request a fixed fare - often an inflated amount- claiming their meter is out of order. Others might take a longer route to increase the overall fare.

To avoid this, they say: "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."