SEOUL, Feb. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul Metropolitan Government will ramp up efforts to crack down on dishonest cab drivers during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
The Seoul government said on Thursday that a special task force consisting of dozens of members will be working to crack down on taxis and private vans ripping off passengers.
Up to 2.85 million international visitors are expected to visit South Korea for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in February and March, up 15 percent from the same time last year.
The special task force will be dispatched to some of the busiest areas in the capital and surrounding area, including Incheon and Gimpo airports, as well as hotels and train stations across the city.
Taxi drivers who have been caught overcharging foreign customers in the past will be banned from entering Incheon Airport to pick up passengers.
The move comes as the Seoul Metropolitan Government is poised take an active role in protecting international visitors from dishonest taxi drivers during the high-profile sporting events.
In addition, leaflets containing information about how to use and report taxis will be distributed at airports and tourism information centers, while taxi drivers quoting customers exorbitant taxi fares in busy districts like Myeong-dong and Hongdae will be stopped by police and Seoul’s special task force.
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