How it works:
- Version 1: not using the meter and charging an inflated flat fare (for instance, charging 400 HKD from Peak Tram to Central when it should only be around 80 HKD).
- Version 2: adding on excessive surcharges.
- Version 3: the driver asks if you have the new currency – you will not as the claim is fake. He then offers to swap USD $100 worth of the new currency with you.
- Version 4: currency switcheroo.
- Version 5: intercepting you at the airport claiming that there is a long queue. You are then pressured to take his cab at an inflated fare.
Places to beware:
- Anywhere (e.g. tourist attractions, hotels, airports, transportation hubs)
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots (e.g. Canton Road, Lan Kwai Fong).
- Photo: take a photo of the taxi number and driver’s license.
- Overcharging: ensure meter is turned on or research a fair price to negotiate with – check online fare estimators, your hotel/hostel staff or use taxi booking apps (e.g. HKTaxi, Didi Kuaidi, Fly Taxi, God Taxi, SynCab).
- Alternatively, Klook (best day tour platform in Asia) has 30+ other transport options.