Taxi Independiente What Are They And How Do they Work

Taxi Independiente – What Are They And How Do they Work? 

Independent Taxi

Taxi Independiente is Spanish for an Independent Taxi Driver. This means the driver doesn’t work for any company whatsoever. The rules around this type of taxi are pretty relaxed by comparison to the other types available in Peru and especially in Lima or Callao.

How Do Independent Taxis Work?

As I mentioned above the rules around this type of taxi are fairly flexible. You can find these taxis parked on the corner of Avenues in Lima. You can also just flag or hale one down just by sticking your finger in the air.

Once you’ve haled one, like it or not, it’s time to negotiate. My personal way is to ask what the rate is (before getting in the car). No matter what they tell you the rate is, I always tell them 2 soles less and if they don’t take it, I send them down the road and grab the next one.

One thing you need to think about is whether the driver is asking for soles or dollars. As a tourist, many drivers will give you a rate without telling you it’s in dollars, so be sure to ask or be prepared to overpay.

Rates

Independent Taxi’s set their own rates. And even though I have my own car, on occasion I still need a taxi. Personally, I’ve never been asked to pay more than 35 soles to go anywhere in the city. Short trips of just a few blocks should never be more than 5 soles longer ones can run 18-25 soles.

Condition Matters

Independent Taxi’s either own or rent the car they are driving. However most are rented. They sign a contract with the owner and literally do what they want with the car. If they damage the vehicle they don’t care because it’s not theirs. The owner then tries to get the driver to pay a small amount extra with every payment. The payment to is cover the repairs which almost never happens. So the cycle continues and you end up with run down cars and drivers who don’t care.

How do I Identify An Independent Taxi?

In the picture above you’ll see the car has a Black and Yellow checkered pattern on the side. This is one way but there are others.

Some will have a sticker on the door indicating they’re independent.

You’ll also read on many blogs that legal taxis are yellow. As a legal taxi business here in Peru, I can tell you that’s not 100% accurate and he reason it’s not is that there are competing laws between Lima and Callao.

Lima and Callao signed an agreement with each other allowing taxis registered in either district to circulate in each other’s district without problems. That being said Lima does have a law on the books saying all independent taxis must be Yellow.

So Why All The Confusion?

The Municipality of Lima has postponed the obligation to paint authorized Independent Taxi’s Yellow until December 31 of 2019 or until determined by the ATU. However as of April 20, 2020 nothing has changed and in my opinion, this is still a long way off following the Covid-19 countrywide shutdown. All of that said both Lima and the ATU have decided the extension does not affect the mandatory use of the checkered stripe on the sides of the vehicle to identify the service. Unfortunately to date there has been no recent update to provide you with more information.

The ATU’s official statement is “Independent taxi drivers, whose cars are not painted yellow, must have the Black and Yellow checkered stripe”. Unfortunately due to the fact no one has made a definite decision on how to enforce this, Taxi’s from both Lima and Callao run the streets and one will have the Black and Yellow checkerboard pattern and others will still have a simple sticker on the door. 

The Municipality of Lima has also stated there are more than 70,000 legally registered Taxis in the municipality of Lima (remember Lima is not Callao)

Not to confuse you any more. Don’t worry about the color of the car. One sure way to tell if the car and driver are a real taxi is to ask the driver for his ATU document.

Taxi Independiente – What Are They And How Do they Work? 

Independent Taxi

Taxi Independiente is Spanish for an Independent Taxi Driver. This means the driver doesn’t work for any company whatsoever. The rules around this type of taxi are pretty relaxed by comparison to the other types available in Peru and especially in Lima or Callao.

How Does Taxi Independiente Work?

As I mentioned above the rules around this type of taxi are fairly flexible. You can find these taxis parked on the corner of Avenues in Lima. You can also just flag or hale one down just by sticking your finger in the air.

Once you’ve haled one, like it or not, it’s time to negotiate. My personal way is to ask what the rate is (before getting in the car). No matter what they tell you the rate is, I always tell them 2 soles less and if they don’t take it, I send them down the road and grab the next one.

One thing you need to think about is whether the driver is asking for soles or dollars. As a tourist, many drivers will give you a rate without telling you it’s in dollars, so be sure to ask or be prepared to overpay.

Rates

Independent Taxis set their own rates. And even though I have my own car, on occasion I still need a taxi. Personally, I’ve never been asked to pay more than 35 soles to go anywhere in the city. Short trips of just a few blocks should never be more than 5 soles longer ones can run 18-25 soles.

Condition Matters

Independent Taxis either own or rent the car they are driving. However most are rented. They sign a contract with the owner and literally do what they want with the car. If they damage the vehicle they don’t care because it’s not theirs. The owner then tries to get the driver to pay a small amount extra with every payment. The payment to is cover the repairs which almost never happens. So the cycle continues and you end up with run down cars and drivers who don’t care.

Consumables such as tires, brakes and lights including turn signals and brake lights are often neglected and are the drivers responsibility.

How do I Identify A Independent Taxi?

In the picture above you’ll see the car has a black and yellow checkered pattern on the side. This is one way but there are others.

Some will have a sticker on the door inticating they’re independent.

You’ll also read on many blogs that legal taxis are yellow. As a legal taxi business here in Peru, I can tell you that’s not 100% accurate. There are many laws governing taxis. The reason it’s not 100% accurate is that there are competing laws between Lima and Callao.

Lima and Callao signed an agreement with each other allowing taxis registered in either district to circulate in each other’s district without problems. That being said Lima does have a law on the books saying all independent taxis must be Yellow.

So Why All The Confusion?

Before the start of the Urban Transport Authority’s or the ATU operations in Lima and Callao  which was recently invented to govern taxis, the Municipality of Lima (MML), decided to extend the term for painting of authorized taxis until December 31 of 2019. This however as of April 20, 2020 has not happened and in my opinion is still a long way off given the current state of things here in Peru following the Covid-19 country wide shutdown.

Likewise both Lima and the ATU have decided the extension does not affect the mandatory use of the checkered stripe on the sides of the vehicle to identify the service.

The ATU official statement is “Independent taxi drivers, whose cars are not painted yellow, must have the yellow and black checkered stripe”.

The Municipality of Lima has postponed the obligation to paint the authorized vehicles a certain color until the aforementioned date or until determined by the ATU. Unfortunately to date there has been no recent update to provide you with more information.

The Municipality of Lima has also stated there are more than 70,000 legally registered Taxis in the municipality of Lima (remember Lima is not Callao)

Not to confuse you any more. Don’t worry about the color of the car.

Taxi Independiente – What Are They And How Do they Work? 

Independent Taxi

Taxi Independiente is Spanish for an Independent Taxi Driver. This means the driver doesn’t work for any company whatsoever. The rules around this type of taxi are pretty relaxed by comparison to the other types available in Peru and especially in Lima or Callao.

How Does Taxi Independiente Work?

As I mentioned above the rules around this type of taxi are fairly flexible. You can find these taxis parked on the corner of Avenues in Lima. You can also just flag or hale one down just by sticking your finger in the air.

Once you’ve haled one, like it or not, it’s time to negotiate. My personal way is to ask what the rate is (before getting in the car). No matter what they tell you the rate is, I always tell them 2 soles less and if they don’t take it, I send them down the road and grab the next one.

One thing you need to think about is whether the driver is asking for soles or dollars. As a tourist, many drivers will give you a rate without telling you it’s in dollars, so be sure to ask or be prepared to overpay.

Rates

Independent Taxis set their own rates. And even though I have my own car, on occasion I still need a taxi. Personally, I’ve never been asked to pay more than 35 soles to go anywhere in the city. Short trips of just a few blocks should never be more than 5 soles longer ones can run 18-25 soles.

Condition Matters

Independent Taxis either own or rent the car they are driving. However most are rented. They sign a contract with the owner and literally do what they want with the car. If they damage the vehicle they don’t care because it’s not theirs. The owner then tries to get the driver to pay a small amount extra with every payment. The payment to is cover the repairs which almost never happens. So the cycle continues and you end up with run down cars and drivers who don’t care.

Consumables such as tires, brakes and lights including turn signals and brake lights are often neglected and are the drivers responsibility.

How do I Identify A Independent Taxi?

In the picture above you’ll see the car has a black and yellow checkered pattern on the side. This is one way but there are others.

Some will have a sticker on the door inticating they’re independent.

You’ll also read on many blogs that legal taxis are yellow. As a legal taxi business here in Peru, I can tell you that’s not 100% accurate. There are many laws governing taxis. The reason it’s not 100% accurate is that there are competing laws between Lima and Callao.

Lima and Callao signed an agreement with each other allowing taxis registered in either district to circulate in each other’s district without problems. That being said Lima does have a law on the books saying all independent taxis must be Yellow.

So Why All The Confusion?

Before the start of the Urban Transport Authority’s operations in Lima and Callao or the ATU which was recently invented to govern taxis, the Municipality of Lima (MML), decided to extend the term for painting of authorized taxis until December 31 of 2019. This however as of April 20, 2020 has not happened and in my opinion is still a long way off given the current state of things here in Peru following the Covid-19 country wide shutdown.

Likewise both Lima and the ATU have decided the extension does not affect the mandatory use of the checkered stripe on the sides of the vehicle to identify the service.

The ATU official statement is “Independent taxi drivers, whose cars are not painted yellow, must have the yellow and black checkered stripe”.

The Municipality of Lima has postponed the obligation to paint the authorized vehicles a certain color until the aforementioned date or until determined by the ATU. Unfortunately to date there has been no recent update to provide you with more information.

The Municipality of Lima has also stated there are more than 70,000 legally registered Taxis in the municipality of Lima (remember Lima is not Callao)

Not to confuse you any more. Don’t worry about the color of the car.

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