Reports of taxi overcharging investigated

Wanaka police are investigating public complaints about taxis overcharging customers during the festive period.

Sergeant Kim Chirnside said this week police had received complaints from customers that they had been overcharged on their cards at the end of their journeys.

"These taxis are not from Wanaka and police stopped many of these operators to ensure they were within regulations.

"Investigations are ongoing in relation to the overcharging," he said.

People have posted their concerns about overcharging on several Wanaka social media sites since December 31.

Comments mention prices of about $150 from the Rhythm & Alps Music Festival in the Cardrona Valley to Meadowstone, in Wanaka.

Others have recorded prices of from $200 to $300 for trips between Wanaka and Lake Hawea, while rates of from $40 to $90 were mentioned for transport around Wanaka or between Wanaka and Albert Town.

Wanaka’s only taxi company, Yello Taxis, has not featured in accusations of overcharging.

Yello’s advertised New Year’s Eve service included buses between Wanaka and Lake Hawea for from $5 and $10 a seat.

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