Paris driving force jailed for taxi rip-off against Thai vacationers

Paris taxi - screenshot from YouTube Symbol copyright charkrid th/youtube Image caption The passengers’ alarm was once obvious in a YouTube video they published after the rip-off

A Paris courtroom has jailed a pretend taxi driver for 8 months for challenging that a Thai couple pay €247 (£219; $281) for a trip from the airport.

The tourists’ video in their argument with him went viral on YouTube. A ride from Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport to central Paris usually prices €45-55.

The couple introduced to pay him €2 HUNDRED provided he allow them to out.

Recognized most effective as Enock C, the driving force was once discovered guilty of fraud and extortion related to threats.

In the video he claimed to be running for a personal taxi provider – known as VTC in French – called Chauffeur Privé.

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Paris taxis – the rules

The official Paris tourism website – – explains that authorized taxis in Paris – which are available in various colours – will need to have the following:

A roof signal pronouncing “Taxi Parisien”, with three small lighting fixtures underneath labelled A, B, C, to signify the present tariff, which is determined by the time of day A meter on show, showing the cost of the journey A display on the rear of the taxi which enables tracking of its day by day use A plate on the taxi’s entrance right wing appearing the licence quantity.

Paris has greater than 17,000 such taxis. But there are also VTC automobiles run by private taxi firms, which have to be booked upfront. The VTC can also be a minibus or limousine, and the fare is agreed upon booking.

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