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Driving school pays for missing classes

A DRIVING school, which delayed training courses offered to learners and then raised its price, was ordered to return the payments to 20 people and compensate them, the Pudong New Area People’s Court said yesterday.

In October last year, a Pudong-based driving school posted group deals for its courses on, one of the biggest e-commerce platform in China.

One of the driving students, surnamed Xiao, said he signed a contract with the school after checking and confirming the details online.

It offered driving courses for 3,578 yuan (US$584.53) per person, which was nearly 1,000 yuan cheaper than the other driving schools, according to Xiao.

But the school did not arrange any class for him in the following months. He contacted the school, only to be told that he had to pay an extra 1,922 yuan since the new, stricter traffic rules came into effect on January 1 this year.

Xiao put in a complaint with The online store then canceled his order and returned the money without asking him.

Xiao and the 19 others, who didn’t even get their refunds, filed a lawsuit in May, accusing the school of failing to act on their agreement and demanded compensation.

The court ordered the school to return the payment and compensate the learners — the price difference between the group agreement and the actual market price, which was 7,400 yuan — as the school failed to arrange classes for them in a reasonable time frame even after the students urged several times.

The court also said that while refunded the money to Xiao, it acted unilaterally and therefore it cannot be deemed as a termination of the contract.



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