4

In Russia, what is a polite way to ask a taxi driver for a seatbelt. Most of them don't wear seatbelts and don't expect their passengers too. Is it acceptable to refuse to pay/ride the taxi for no seatbelts without a cancellation fee?

To clarify, I want to wear a seatbelt, but sometimes they are refused to be provided.

  • 2
    Do you want the taxi driver to wear a seatbelt or just yourself? – Ian Aug 29 at 10:28
  • 1
    @Ian Just myself for safety, sometimes they can refuse to provide them – Daniil Aug 29 at 10:28
  • 3
    How can a taxi driver refuse to provide seat belts? Either they are installed or not, right? – Ian Aug 29 at 10:34
  • 2
    @Ian covered by a cloth which he says you can't take off – Daniil Aug 29 at 10:35
  • Taxi drivers are, at least in the Netherlands, allowed to drive without seatbelts, for safety reasons. – Willeke Aug 29 at 16:31
4

If you're in a taxi and there's no seatbelts, you're definitely in a wrong kind of taxi. Better not board anything like that.

This is after we exclude small remote towns where it's still not uncommon. As a rule you can expect taxi car to be in reasonable condition, and this includes seat belts for all passengers.

Sometimes for the seats in a back, seat belts may not be easily accessible. You will have to dig them out of the seat, or just ride in the front seat. It's a preferred option in Russia anyway.

Obviously if you're unhappy about your taxi and you hailed it via app or phone, you can use the same app/phone to cancel your ride and complain.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.