Many drivers would argue that this is a better system, particularly those from countries such as the UK where fines are heavy and issued automatically.
The families of those killed in Ukraine by drunk or dangerous drivers would disagree.
In over 10 years of visiting and living in Kiev we have never been the victims of a street scam and have never met anybody who has actually fallen prey to such a crime.
We strongly suspect that the risk is blown out of proportion by other websites regurgitating content from elsewhere to fill their pages and appear authoritative. Supposedly the scammer walks ahead of the tourist and drops his wallet.
There are, however, reports of racist attacks on those of African and Middle Eastern appearance.
Under Ukrainian law you are supposed to carry your passport with you at all times.
Many taxi drivers will attempt to charge you an exorbitant fee, only revealed at the end of the journey.
If you really have to get a taxi from the street, always agree a price before getting in the vehicle and you shouldn’t have any problems.When we venture into Kiev in the afternoon we’ll inevitably see at least one aging foreigner being dragged around the city’s boutiques by a beautiful young girl and their ‘interpreter’.Taxi scams are also common but can easily be avoided.Although the police in Kiev are no angels, they don’t, unlike their counterparts in Moscow, routinely pester foreigners for documents and bribes.We have never been stopped in the street by the police and very rarely see others being stopped and having their documents checked.Crimes perpetrated against visitors are generally low level.