Scratch taxi off your list of the must-use public transportation modes in Kuala Lumpur because apparently, the city has the worst taxi drivers in the world.

That is, of course, according to a British taxi comparison site.

Malaysian Taxi Drivers


LondonCabs ranked Malaysian taxi drivers as the worst ones across the globe not only because of their bad attitude, but also because of the way they overcharge clients.

The site said:

Drivers from Kuala Lumpur are well known for overcharging clients and detouring. Even though they are supposed to charge by the meter, many drivers refuse from doing so.

The best advice is to simply wait for another vehicle if the driver resists using the meter,” it added.

Not all taxi drivers we’ve encountered are rude, but we had to agree with them when they described most taxis in Kuala Lumpur as “rather old and in poor condition”.

Taxi stand, National Monument Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza Venezia, Rome, Lazio, Italy, Europe

Coming in at 2nd place are the taxi drivers in Rome, with LondonCabs describing them the worst for “their exorbitant rates and rudeness”.

The site further explained:


Most people cannot even find a vehicle available in Rome. Cars are scarce and the drivers are often rude and difficult to deal with. If it’s raining, expect to pay double or triple the price for a vehicle in Rome.

Bangkok minicab drivers ranked 3rd in the list for frequently “getting lost and not knowing the way”. The other places that made the list were Paris, New York, Mumbai, Zurich, Cairo, Shanghai, and Moscow. LondonCabs added that “you may be better off avoiding if you want to have a positive and uplifting transportation experience”.

What do you guys think though? Do you agree with the ranking/comments? Maybe our taxi drivers need to be more honest and perhaps start putting in more effort in maintaining their rides?

Source: The Star Online / Image sources: Wikipedia, The Guardian

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