The taxi operator who reportedly fleeced two French tourists last month by charging them RM800 for what should have been a short trip has had his licence and vehicle permit revoked by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), Bernama reports.

The unscrupulous cabbie was said to have taken the tourists on a drive to Putrajaya and back when they really only wanted to go a short distance from Suria KLCC to Masjid Negara.

The commission said that the action was taken following investigations into a complaint lodged by the tourists over the matter. It said via a statement that the revocation was carried out as the operator had contravened requirements under Section 22 of the Land Public Transport Act 2010.

“The Section provides for only one valid driver registered with SPAD to offer the taxi service and is required to use the meter to determine the fare of the budget taxi, as well as producing a receipt for the journey,” it said.

“SPAD will take legal action against the operator. If found guilty, the operator could face a fine and/or jail term and the vehicle, forfeited. The individual involved will also be blacklisted to prevent him from getting a taxi operator’s licence in future,” it added.