Date
26 July 2017
Ma (inset) charged an undercover cop HK$200 for a HK$22 ride from Wellington Street to Bonham Strand West. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily
Ma (inset) charged an undercover cop HK$200 for a HK$22 ride from Wellington Street to Bonham Strand West. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily

Undercover cops bust 3 more taxi drivers for overcharging

Three more cabbies have been arrested for overcharging passengers up to 10 times the normal rate, bringing the total to 28 since early November as police continue a citywide crackdown, Apple Daily reported Monday.

The three taxi drivers were arrested early Sunday in Central and Western district by police officers who posed as tourists.

A 48-year-old driver, surnamed Ma, was arrested at about 1 a.m. for charging HK$200 (US$25.80) for a ride from Wellington Street to a hotel on Bonham Strand West, which should have cost only HK$22.

At 2 a.m., a driver surnamed Chan, 53, was arrested for charging an undercover cop HK$160 for a ride from Wyndham Street to a hotel on Queen’s Road West, four times the normal fare of HK$40.

The third driver, also surnamed Chan, 38, was arrested half an hour later for charging HK$100 instead of HK$40 from Lyndhurst Terrace to a hotel on Connaught Road West.

Meanwhile, eight cabbies were issued tickets for refusing to take passengers.

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