Tourist hit with HK$8000 taxi fare

A taxi ride from Hong Kong International Airport to a Kowloon hotel cost a Swiss tourist HK$8000.

The South China Morning Post reported that the 22-year-old man decided not to press charges, but police were still investigating.

The incident occurred about 2am, with the man paying about 30 times the usual amount for the journey.

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A typical fare for the 30km trip, which takes less than half an hour, is about HK$250 to HK$300.

The South China Morning Post reported figures from the Transport Complaints Unit show there were 351 complaints against taxi drivers about overcharging in the first quarter of this year, down from 396 in the previous quarter.

The Transport Department said police, particularly in districts frequented by tourists, implemented pinpointing measures against taxi malpractice on a regular basis.

A Transport Department spokeswoman urged people to lodge complaints if they experienced taxi malpractice.

Under the Road Traffic (Public Service Vehicles) regulations, overcharging carries a maximum penalty of a HK$10,000 fine and six months imprisonment.

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