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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