Inspectors from the Da Nang Department of Transport on Tuesday said that they had issued a fine and license revocation against a driver for overcharging a Thai tourist.
Officials determined T.A.T. as the driver of the car bearing the license plate 43A-309.27., which was mentioned in a condemnation Facebook post by a Thai tourist.
The post highlighted an incident where T. initially quoted a price of VND1.5 million (US$62) for a journey covering approximately 90 kilometers from a hotel in Da Nang’s center to Ba Na Hills in the city’s outskirts and then to Hoi An City in neighboring Quang Nam Province.
However, upon completing the trip, the tourist reported being charged VND3.8 million ($157).
Upon coordinated verification with the Thai tourist, authorities confirmed that the driver had overcharged her by 2.5 times the agreed fare.
Therefore, the inspectors issued a penalty to T. for “engaging in transport business driving a car under a contract without a transport contract and passenger list."
For this offense, the fine ranges from VND1 million ($41) to VND2 million ($83), accompanied by the revocation of the driver’s license for one to three months.
Officials further determined that T. drove his car as a member of the Cung Kinh Doanh Cooperative, which was registered in Da Nang.
Consequently, the Cung Kinh Doanh Cooperative was required to pay an administrative fine for “employing a vehicle to transport passengers under a contract without a transport contract and passenger list”.
The administrative fine for this offense ranges from VND10 million ($414) to VND12 million ($829).