Date
22 March 2017
The taxi driver (in wheelchair) and one of the passengers with whom he got into an ugly quarrel Sunday night. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily, Headline Daily
The taxi driver (in wheelchair) and one of the passengers with whom he got into an ugly quarrel Sunday night. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily, Headline Daily

Businessman’s son among three detained in taxi brawl

Three people, including two passengers and a taxi driver, were arrested in Hong Kong in the early hours of Sunday after a violent quarrel over taxi fare, Ming Pao Daily News reported.

One of the detained passengers is Mike Lam, the son of Daneil Lam Shiu-ming, who is chairman of Universe International Holdings (01046.HK), according to the report.

Mike, 23, was said to have got into a taxi in Central with two friends – one male and one female – and asked to be taken to Kowloon Tong. The taxi driver is reported to have demanded a flat fee of HK$300 for the ride, saying the taxi meter was out of order.

Lam refused to pay that amount, following which he was attacked by the driver.

Lam’s mother Chiu Suet-ying was quoted as saying that the family could sue the driver, depending on the extent of Mike’s injuries.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Lam and a 26-year-old friend engaged in a scuffle with the taxi driver, said be a 50 years in age.

Lam suffered injuries on his arm and leg, while his friend — a person surnamed Hui — had some wounds on his mouth and leg.

The two were sent to a hospital along with the taxi driver. Later all three were placed under arrest on charges of fighting in a public place.

According to To Sun-tong, a member of the Motor Transport Workers General Union, a taxi ride from Central to Kowloon Tong should cost around HK$100 via the Cross Harbour Tunnel and HK$160 via the Eastern Harbour Crossing.

Passengers should call the police if they suspect they are being overcharged by taxi drivers, he said.

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