A Sichuan taxi driver asked a woman to pay an extra free for driving on the high-speed expressway.
Mrs. Li from Nanchong, Sichuan hailed a taxi on Tuesday afternoon. She lived about 10 km from the bus station and was running late.
She said that the taxi driver started driving forward as soon as she got into the cab. He did not ask her where she was going, but asked if she wanted to use the meter. Mrs. Li was running late to her bus and asked if the driver would take the high-speed expressway to Jialing Bus Station. She and the driver agreed that her fee would add up to distance traveled plus any tolls on the highway.
While they were driving, the driver asked Mrs. Li to pay an extra fee of 80 RMB, which he called “fear money.” The driver said that he felt that, “Driving on the high-speed expressway is faster than driving in the city. It’s very scary. You should compensate me appropriately.”
Mrs. Li felt that she had no way out but to pay the extra fee. She paid the 80 RMB and left, feeling bitter.
Luckily, Mrs. Li knew the taxi’s plate number was able to report the issue. The meter for her trip actually read 59 RMB and the tolls on the road totaled 9 RMB. The driver admitted that he knew it was illegal to charge more than the amount of on the meter. He lost points on his taxi license and was ordered to refund Mrs. Li the 12 RMB he had overcharged her.
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