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szdaily -> Shenzhen
App-based taxi driver disqualified for rip-off

    2017-October-10  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A TAXI driver has been blacklisted by the authority and disqualified from engaging in app-based cab services for ripping off riders at prices six times the fares from the Shenzhen airport to Nanshan District.

For a trip to a hotel in Nanshan that should cost about 80 yuan (US$12), the driver charged two foreigners 480 yuan and demanded a 20-yuan tip after the service Sept. 21.

A netizen surnamed Liu sent a post on the official microblog of the city’s police Sept. 25, complaining that his foreign client from Milan, Italy, told him that he had been charged 480 yuan for a ride from the Shenzhen airport to a Nanshan hotel on the morning of Sept. 21.

According to Liu, his client was approached by a scalper offering taxi service when they arrived at the Arrival Hall at around 6 a.m. They were later led to a cab, which took them to Nanshan.

Liu’s foreign client realized that he had been cheated over the next three days after he toured around the city in taxis.

Shenzhen police initiated an investigation after seeing Liu’s post on the official microblog. Monitoring cameras showed the foreign visitors took a van instead of a cab at the airport and the driver was a licensed driver engaging in app-based cab service.

The driver, who was later caught by the police, admitted that he had gotten the business from scalpers privately on a WeChat group.

The scalper bargained with the two foreigners to 400 yuan, and then the driver gave the scalper 250 yuan. As the foreigners demanded a receipt for the ride, the scalper then called a receipt seller to print a receipt for 485.8 yuan after paying 10 yuan.

The driver admitted that he did his private job through scalpers, instead of using the app-based service platform.

Jiang Wei, a supervisor with Shenzhen Yue’erqi Automobile Service Co., said the driver had rented a van from his company for business services, and the company terminated the leasing contract with the driver after the incident.

The city has adopted Internet-based smart metering devices in late August to crack down on rip-offs by cabbies using rigged meters or taking detours. The smart devices feature functions such as fare calculation, facial recognition and rider assessment. If a distance discrepancy reaches a certain level, the system will automatically sound an alarm and record the data.

(Han Ximin)

 

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