The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) detained a taxi driver charging RM950 from KL Sentral to Setapak in a special operation here yesterday. Pic by NSTP/EMAIL

KUALA LUMPUR: Two Bangladeshis were forced to pay an eye-watering RM950 for a taxi ride from KL Sentral to Setapak, last Saturday.

A police source said the incident occurred when the foreigners had just arrived via bus from Kuala Terengganu.

They two men were initially offered a rate of RM50 per person for the 10km ride to Setapak, which they grudgingly agreed upon.

However, it was a different story when they arrived at their destination.

The taxi driver told them that they had to fork out RM950 instead.

“The two initially argued but eventually gave in as they were frightened they would be harmed. The taxi driver had a wooden stick and metal bat in his car," said the source.

After coughing up the money, the men then lodged a report at the Salak Selatan police station.

The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) also received the same report. SPAD managed to trace and detain the driver in his 30s after a special operation in the city yesterday.

The taxi used was seized to facilitate investigations under Section 22 and Section 75 of the Land Public Transport Commission(SPAD) Act.

Translated from Harian Metro

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