Date
25 September 2017
It's OK to lend your car to a friend who's getting married, but don't ask to be paid. Photo: Kwankwan from Flicker
It's OK to lend your car to a friend who's getting married, but don't ask to be paid. Photo: Kwankwan from Flicker

Don’t expect to get paid when lending your car to friends

That’s illegal.

Hong Kong police arrested two men on Tuesday for allegedly operating a car rental service without a license.

Acting on a tip-off, police found that a local website was providing wedding car rental services using a business registration with false information, and that all the cars listed for rent were registered for personal use, Sing Tao Daily reported Wednesday. The website charges HK$1,200 (US$154.78) for four hours.

Posing as clients, police went to the website’s office to make inquiries and later arrested the driver and car owner.

The car owner claimed his clients were actually “friends”, but police said such transactions were illegal even between friends. Hong Kong people normally give a “lai see” containing a small amount of lucky money as a token of appreciation if they borrow a wedding car from a friend, the report said.

The driver was quoted as saying he was just hired at an hourly rate of HK$60 and had no relationship with the owner. Both men were released on bail.

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