Taxi drivers nabbed by police for charging huge fares
The driver charged a plainclothes foreign officer HK$2,480 (US$317) for a trip from the airport to Hung Hom in Kowloon, which should cost about HK$280
Undercover police arrested two taxi drivers for allegedly charging overpriced fares and another man and woman for allegedly touting for business at Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok on Lantau Island on Wednesday.
A male driver surnamed Lee, aged 62, charged a plainclothes foreign officer HK$2,480 (US$317) for a trip from the airport to Hung Hom in Kowloon, Oriental Daily reported.
The fare was way over what the journey normally costs – around HK$280.
Officers also arrested a 69-year-old local man surnamed Tong for touting for business at the airport.
Another plainclothes officer was approached by a woman at the airport and charged HK$1,780 (US$227) for a trip to Sha Tin in the New Territories, which should cost only HK$250.
A 43-year-old male driver surnamed Lee and a 55-year-old woman surnamed Chu were arrested.
Hong Kong law prohibits overcharging, refusing a hire, tampering with a taxi meter, soliciting and failing to drive to a destination by the most direct practicable route.
Offenders who are convicted can face up to six months in prison and a fine of up to HK$10,000.