Paris taxi driver reported to the police after charging tourists €230 for airport trip

People wait in line to fill their tanks at a gas station on May 31, 2017 near the Eiffel Tower in Paris as truck drivers transporting dangerous materials (gas, petrol) are continuing their strike launched on May 26, 2017 by French union CGT-Transports. - Truck drivers are asking for a 'quick' round of negotiations to improve their working condition. (Photo by Benjamin CREMEL / AFP)

A French taxi association has reported a driver to police, after he massively overcharged two tourists for a ride from Charles-de-Gaulle airport to their hotel in Paris.

The taxi driver charged two tourists €230 for a ride from the Charles-de-Gaulle airport, north of Paris, to their hotel in the 10th arrondissement in the city centre on Friday, January 1st.

The official price rate for the ride is €53.

After being contacted by the victims of the scam, the French taxi association Les nouveaux taxis parisiens (LNTP) reported the driver in question to the police.

The tourists, who flew in from Hong Kong, were far from the first to pay stung by rogue taxi drivers at the airport.

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Unlicenced taxi drivers are known to wait around the airports or other touristy areas to prey on foreigners who are not familiar with the French fixed taxi fares.

However the taxi driver in question for this particular scam was not a rogue operator, but a proper taxi that had given the Hong Kong tourists an official receipt for their overpriced ride.

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“This is a real taxi, it’s one of ours. This gentleman has cast shame on our profession,” President of LNTP Jean Barreira told French newspaper Le Figaro, as he explained why the association has decided to file a formal complaint.

Barreira confirmed that the police have launched an investigation into the matter.

Source: The Local