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Cabby charges foreigner 2,300 yuan for 4km ride, loses license

A SHANGHAI taxi driver had his operating license revoked for charging a foreign passenger 2,300 yuan (US$376) for a 4-kilometer ride in the Pudong New Area.

The Japanese passenger, heading to a restaurant in Huangpu District, took a taxi near Metro Line 2's Longyang Road station last month. After driving only 4 kilometers, the driver, surnamed Zhao, stopped the car near a gas station near Yaogao Road S., and asked for 2,300 yuan.

Zhao locked the doors of the car, coercing the foreign passenger not to make any phone call. With only 500 yuan with him, the expat had to give the driver foreign currency equalling a value of 1,800 yuan. Zhao took the money and put the passenger into another taxi he stopped before driving away himself.

The taxi belonged to Shanghai Mingtai Taxi Co, located in Pudong. The foreign passenger filed a complaint through the urban construction hotline 12319, before the Shanghai Traffic Law Enforcement Team managed to identify the taxi and the driver.

Zhao refused to confess at first when being approached, authorities said. The taxi company got involved and had Zhao's operating license revoked, forcing him to pay all the money back. The traffic law enforcement authorities are still trying to contact the passenger, who went back to Japan after the incident.


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