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Taxi driver sacked for overcharging tourists
  • | | May 13, 2017 12:07 PM
Two foreign tourists have complained about being overcharged by a taxi driver in the tourist city of Dalat in Lam Dong Province.

The Vina Gold taxi picks up two Israeli tourists in Dalat City on May 10. Photo extracted from security camera of a local hotel.

Director of the provincial Transport Department, Truong Huu Hiep, told local media on May 12 that they've dealt with a case in which two Israeli visitors were overcharged VND510,000 (USD22.51) for just a three-kilometre journey in Dalat City.

"We've issued a fine of VND7 million (USD309) to the Vina Gold Company who were operating the taxi and seized the taxi badge for two months," Hiep said.

According to a report from the transport department, a receptionist at Phuong Hanh 2 Hotel on Ba Thang Hai Street called a Vina Gold taxi on May 10 for two female Israeli guests who wanted to go to a homestay address at 15 To Vinh Dien Street. The two guests then asked the homestay manager to pay the taxi fee as agreed before.

Huynh Ngoc Diem Trang, owner of the homestay came to the Vina Gold's office the next day to report the charge of VND510,000 (USD22.51) for just a three-kilometre travel while the actual cost should have only been at VND43,000 (USD1.90).

A taxi driver named Hoang Xuan V. was called in to explain but he denied transporting the two passengers until Trang gave a video clip extracted from Phuong Hanh 2 Hotel.

Vina Gold Company said that the company had returned the money to Trang and driver V was fired after paying the fine of VND5 million.

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