Taxi driver convicted and fined for misconduct

 After a drawn-out trial, a taxi driver was finally found guilty of refusing to take a passenger across the harbour, as well as smoking while the same was on board.

In an incident that took place in September 2015, passenger Faisal Mohammed hailed a cab in Tsim Sha Tsui and told the driver his Hong Kong Island destination in Cantonese. Although already seated within the vehicle, the driver refused to take him across.

Unable to go home, Faisal then called the police, while his driver called the cops as well, saying Mohammed refused to exit the taxi. While waiting for their arrival, the driver smoked a cigarette.

The case came to a conclusion in May 2016. Pleading not guilty to the charges of refusing hire and smoking while carrying a passenger, the driver was convicted for both offences after trial and fined HK$1500 for each, for a total of HK$3000.

Faisal later said that he understood how long and difficult the entire process could be, but decided to see it through.

Photo by Ceeseven (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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