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In this latest Manila taxi scam, while travelling, the car's motor suddenly conks out, forcing the driver to pull over. After checking under the hood, the driver beckons for his passenger to get out, to observe or assist in some way.
Once the passenger is outside the taxi, the driver gets back in, miraculously starts the engine, and speeds off with the passenger's luggage and possessions, leaving the passenger stranded.
The entire incident is facilitated by a hidden switch which the driver uses to turn the engine off and on.
Tip: whatever happens, do not get out of your taxi, or if you must, take your valuables with you! Better yet, stick to official taxis.
There has been a crackdown on colorum vehicles (taxis, buses) in Manila since August 2014, taking hundreds of vehicles off the road.
- Makati police warns commuters of new colorum taxi scam
- Manila mayors declare ‘war’ vs colorum vehicles
- Philippine Taxi Operators Charge Uber With ‘Colorum’
- Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) transportation guide
- Manila Clark International Airport (CRK) transportation guide
- Dealing with Taxi Drivers - advice from IHateTaxis
- Headed to one of the most dreaded airports? (list includes MNL) - advice from LayoverIdeas