Why am I paying more fare for the same ride?
June 1, 2009 4:39 PM Subscribe
The local taxi company charges more if they know you're on your way to catch the competing airport shuttle. Is this legal?
Say we're in Bloomington, Indiana, and we're trying to get to the Indianapolis airport. There's a shuttle that runs from town to the airport, but we need to get downtown to catch the shuttle. The local cab company, which also happens to provide "door-to-door" service to the Indianapolis airport, says we have to pay per person for a ride to catch the shuttle. A normal trip downtown would not incur a per-person fee. I was advised by the cab driver to next time choose another drop-off location and lie about my true destination if I didn't want to pay the extra charge. The cab driver also said that with the extra cab fee, it "might make more sense" to take the cab all the way to the airport.
This strikes me as anti-competitive. Is it legal?
If not legal, who would be best to handle the complaint?