Investigation launched to find Eastbourne’s ‘cowboy cabbie’

Eastbourne Railway Station Taxi Rank SUS-150729-110829001
Eastbourne Railway Station Taxi Rank SUS-150729-110829001

The council has launched an investigation in a bid to track down a cowboy cabbie who grossly overcharged two foreign students.

Earlier this week, the Eastbourne Herald reported how a taxi driver charged the two 15-year-olds an eye-watering £49 for a two-mile journey from Eastbourne railway station to Hampden Park.

The journey should have only cost around £8.

Following a complaint, Eastbourne Borough Council says it is to launch an investigation in a bid to find the driver involved.

A spokesperson for Eastbourne Borough Council said: “It is an offence for Hackney Carriage drivers not to use the fitted meter or to charge more than the legal tariff of fares displayed in the licensed vehicle.

“We have received a report that passengers were over-charged when they recently used a taxi in Eastbourne.

“The allegations are being investigated by the council.”

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