Date
28 May 2017
A taxi driver is taken away in a police van (inset). A weekend operation by plainclothes officers in Lan Kwai Fong resulted in numerous arrests for overcharging. Photos: Ming Pao, HKEJ
A taxi driver is taken away in a police van (inset). A weekend operation by plainclothes officers in Lan Kwai Fong resulted in numerous arrests for overcharging. Photos: Ming Pao, HKEJ

Overcharging taxi drivers arrested in Lan Kwai Fong crackdown

Undercover policemen arrested four taxi drivers for overcharging during a weekend operation in Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong district.

One driver, surnamed Tsang, charged a plainclothes officer HK$100 for a 1.4-kilometer trip to De Voeux Road.

The five-minute journey costs about HK$30.

The driver was held for overcharging, tampering with a taxi meter and failing to display a taxi driver identity plate.

Meanwhile, 10 drivers, aged 39 to 67, received penalty tickets for refusing hire.

Earlier, three taxi drivers were arrested and 11 handed tickets for refusing to take passengers on.

Hong Kong law prohibits overcharging, refusing hire, meter tampering, soliciting and failing to drive to destination by the most direct practicable route.

Offenders face a maximum penalty of HK$10,000 fine and imprisonment for six months.

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