Longer jail terms, bigger fines ahead for Hong Kong's rogue taxi drivers

Taxi drivers taking part in a protest on a road near the government offices in Hong Kong on March 17, 2017.
Taxi drivers taking part in a protest on a road near the government offices in Hong Kong on March 17, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG - Tougher penalties, including longer jail time and bigger fines, are in store for Hong Kong taxi drivers who repeatedly breach rules such as by overcharging passengers, refusing hire and tampering with the taxi meter.

The government is trying to improve the poor reputation of cabbies and in a paper published on the Legislative Council website, it said it would hold talks on July 25 to discuss the tougher penalties.

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