A taxi driver was arrested Thursday night for overcharging in an undercover police operation as authorities step up its crackdown on drivers victimizing foreign tourists.
The driver was taken to the police station and detained overnight after he asked his passenger for HK$150, while the actual meter fare was only HK$22, news website hk01.com reported.
A police officer who posed as a Japanese passenger boarded the taxi on D’Aguilar Street in Central and asked to be taken to a hotel in Admiralty.
The 48-year-old driver, surnamed Yuen, did not use the meter during the entire journey.
After arriving at the destination, the officer, who pretended not to be familiar with local currencies, offered several notes before the driver took away HK$300 without giving any change.
The officer then identified himself and arrested him.
The driver is charged with overcharging and “failing to move the taximeter indicator to the recording position”.
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