Taxi driver faces lawsuit for €230 fee for Roissy-Paris trip

The taxi driver scammed tourists into paying nearly five times the standard fare for a journey from Roissy airport to the city centre

5 January 2021
By Joanna York

A taxi association is taking legal action against a driver who charged two tourists €230 for a journey from Roissy CDG Airport to a hotel in the 10th arrondissement of Paris. 

According to standardised pricing the fare for the journey, which normally takes around one hour, should have cost €53.

The two business travellers, who arrived in Paris from Hong Kong on January 1, reportedly knew they were being scammed by the driver but were intimidated and paid the fare.

But days later they posted their receipt for the journey in the Facebook group of Paris taxi association Les Nouveaux taxis parisiens, along with details of the taxi make and registration number.


Legal action to be taken

The association, created in 2014 with the intention of “restoring the image of the taxi profession”, was able to identify the driver and found it was someone already known for scamming passengers. 

Les Nouveaux taxis parisiens now intends to press charges against the driver in order to protect the reputation of their profession. 

President of the association Jean Barreira told news source France Bleu: “We have had enough of these thugs. A minority of drivers are ruining the efforts of a whole profession that is trying to improve the quality of its service.”

He added: “The problem is that the government hasn’t done anything to end the anarchy that prevails in Paris.”

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