Date
25 May 2017
Some 'black sheep' are giving Hong Kong cabbies a bad name. Photo: Bloomberg, HKEJ
Some 'black sheep' are giving Hong Kong cabbies a bad name. Photo: Bloomberg, HKEJ

Cabbie nabbed for charging HK$400 for ride from Peak to Central

A taxi driver was arrested for charging an undercover officer seven times the normal fare in a police operation Saturday targeting overcharging cab drivers, Sing Tao Daily reported Monday.

The cabbie, surnamed Wong, failed to use the meter and asked for HK$400 for a ride from the Peak to Lan Kwai Fong in Central. The usual fare is between HK$50 and HK$60.

Wong, 38, faces charges for overcharging and failing to use the meter. He has been released on bail.

Taxi drivers say there is a group of “black sheep” whose fraudulent behavior not only has degraded the image of the entire industry but also has had a negative impact on the income of law-abiding drivers.

These drivers have called on the authorities to crack down more frequently on cabbies who overcharge.

A taxi driver convicted of overcharging could be fined up to HK$10,000 and face a jail term of up to six months.

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