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Jakarta Post

Expat involved in quarrel over taxi fare

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 5, 2018   /   05:00 pm
Expat involved in quarrel over taxi fare Taxis drive on Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta on Nov. 7, 2017. A foreigner refused to pay a taxi driver after believing that he was being taken on a longer route in order to charge a higher fare. (JP/Rifky Dewandaru)

A foreigner was reportedly involved in a quarrel with a taxi driver after refusing to pay the Rp 35,000 (US$2.5) taxi fare. The incident took place in front of Pullman Hotel in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Sunday.

"The foreigner refused to pay because he felt the driver took a roundabout route [to charge a higher fare]," said Menteng Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Agus Rizal as reported by

The foreigner, who traveled without identity documents along with his friend, reportedly got into the taxi in Setiabudi, South Jakarta, and asked to be driven to Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Central Jakarta. 

However, he felt that the driver was not taking him directly to his destination, and asked to stop at Jl. MH Thamrin. 

"That was when the quarrel occurred, until a security officer and several Jakarta Police patrol officers came over and asked them to calm down," he said. 

The police officers then took the foreigner to the Menteng Police office. After discovering that he failed to show any legal documents, the police then transferred him to the custody of the Jakarta Police. (vla)