I’m sure many of you here have been targeted by illegal taxi drivers when returning to Taiwan from overseas. It happens to me most months. When you’re tired and just want to get home, the last thing you want is people aggressively following you and shouting “taxi”. They’re a bit more furtive now than years past, but remain an issue.
On occasion, I let the airport know about my experience, and they do tend to follow up, but the security fades after a while and the touts return.
However, this last trip, I went to the effort of reporting the first illegal driver who approached me to the police. It was surprisingly successful and took only ten minutes. I pointed out the guy to the police, they took his ID and escorted him inside. The police recorded the tout’s ID, fined him, and escorted him off the airport property. No paperwork from my end necessary.
So, if you get approached by an illegal taxi driver, I encourage you to seek out the airport police. At Terminal 1 they now have a little desk just next to the security exit. At the time I reported, both of the police spoke English (US flags on the lapel). Just be sure you get the police and not the airport security, who tend to be less helpful.
Also interested to learn of anyone else’s experience …