The transport complaints unit of police received four complaints regarding taxi drivers overcharging fares in August. All victims are university students arriving in Hong Kong from Mainland.
The students boarding the taxis were charged between HK$1,000 and HK$2,000 for a ride from Shenzhen Bay Port to Hong Kong Island.
After in-depth investigation, police arrested two cab drivers, aged 42 and 53, in Chai Wan in the early hours today for overcharging taxi fares. They were released on bail.
Police reminded members of the public to keep an eye on the taximeter and ask the taxi driver for a official receipt with the fares and license plate numbers on it if necessary.
Police also warned that overcharging fares is a serious offense. The maximum penalty upon conviction carries a fine of HK10,000 and six-month imprisonment.
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