If you’ve been lucky enough, you’d have read about the news already – a rickshaw driver in London charged well over 200 pounds for a one mile ride and got away with it!
The Way Things Shaped Up
It was a moment of shame in London when a boy and a woman was charged £206 for a three-minute trip from the Oxford Circus to Great Cumberland street. This ‘rip-off’ incident was arbitrated by a couple of police officers, a taxi driver and some people passing by. Sources state the rickshaw driver was constantly asking for £206 in spite of the family just travelling a short journey.
In a conflict of words, the driver disagrees and says that it was a 10-minute journey and that he charges £10 for a minute. One of the officers got angry saying that it still doesn’t add up how he asked the family to pay £206 when the journey was off 10 minutes each of £10. The driver tries to hold his own by saying that the prices are clearly set out as their standard list and that there were four people!
Richard Long, while driving his black cab, filmed the entire incident and reported it to the London Evening Standard. He even said that what the rickshaw driver was doing was highly uncivilized and illegal.
While the incident did ruffle some feathers, it was nice to see the people passing by along with Mr long to show such support by helping out the family and reporting the incident to the city authorities. This just shows that there is still goodness in the world and that people are ready to help others out at times of need. The Met Police authorities regarded this incident as unacceptable and thanked the local people for helping out that family. Interestingly, the rickshaw driver, who has now been identified asJuris Dzjabovic, 22 justified his bill and stated that he should have charged over £400 in an interview. For him, a clean polished rickshaw driver who loves music comes at a hefty price!
London Mayor Boris Johnson has stated that he would need more regulations to curb these practices as rickshaw driver right now are free to charge what they want. This can in turn cause problems with many rickshaw drivers demanding high rates, with the second being as much as £800.
Edited by: The Icy Tales Editorial Board