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.
Bonsoir @prefpolice ci-joint un message laissé par un touriste sur notre Page:
« No more taxi in Paris. We were charged EUR 230 from CDG airport to 75010. (Arrive 75010 around 1st Jan 2021 5:00pm) Are you crazy? How can I trust Paris’s taxi anymore? DQ-656-XP Black Skoda » pic.twitter.com/jAmvfcQ7Jt
— Les Nouveaux Taxis Parisiens (@LNTParisiens) January 2, 2021
The tourists, who flew in from Hong Kong, were far from the first to pay stung by rogue taxi drivers at the airport.
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.
“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.