Korean gov’t to toughen punishment on overcharging taxi drivers

February 16, 2016

SEOUL (Yonhap) — The Cabinet approved a law revision Tuesday to toughen the punishment for taxi drivers who rip off passengers.

Under the revision, a taxi driver who is caught three times for overcharging a customer will face the maximum punishment of having his business license nullified.

Previously, a taxi driver who was caught overcharging a passenger for the first time was subject to license revocation for 60 days, a second-strike offender for 90 days, and a third-time offender for 180 days.

The revision still needs approval from the National Assembly to take effect.

The change is part of the government’s efforts to root out nagging unfair practices by local cabs to overcharge customers, especially foreign tourists.