Kiwi app out to keep cabbies on the straight and narrow

Kiwi app out to keep cabbies on the straight and narrow

A brand new Kiwi-developed app promises to keep taxi drivers honest – so even if your final fare induces a minor panic attack, at least you'll know you weren't ripped off.

Created by web design company Born Digital, Taxi Fare Checker keeps tabs on taxi journeys. Enter your flagfall amount and rate per kilometre, and it will calculate what your ride should cost.

 Born Digital founder Brett Hancock says two weeks ago he caught a cab from K Rd to Pt Chev and was charged $23.

"After showing him the app, I got it down to $17!"

The idea hit him, he says, after some particularly hefty fares in and around Auckland and an article about meter fiddling by New York’s yellow taxi drivers, some of whom were arrested for overcharging.

It's Born Digital's first in-house app; the firm has done plenty of digital design and brand work including apps for Allpress, Heart of the City, Good Health and the Tongariro Crossing.

Taxi Fare Checker also shows your journey on a map and shows what the best route might have been, though Hancock admits it would be a brave passenger who strikes up that debate.

Taxi Fare Checker can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for $1.29.