Compensation offered to roadblock cabbie

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 November, 2009, 12:00am

A cabbie whose new taxi was damaged when police ordered its inclusion in a 'human roadblock' in Kwun Tong more than three months ago has received a compensation offer after complaining about the tardy response to his plight.

Owner-driver Wong Wing-cho paid the HK$110,000 repair bill with his credit card early last month because he had to get the taxi back on the road. The credit card bill was due yesterday.

'Police have sent me a letter on the compensation offer, including the HK$110,000 repair fee,' he said.

The police had told him the compensation offer had been sent to an incorrect mailing address before he held a press conference last month to complain about his situation.

Wong said he was considering whether to accept the offer or ask for more, because the damage meant he would have to pay higher insurance premiums in future.

Police were accused of using a 'human roadblock' to stop about 14 illegal racers on the Kwun Tong Bypass on July 13 after they commandeered three taxis, a truck and a car which were rammed before the drivers had time to get out. Six people were injured.

The bonnet, suspension system and rear bumper of Wong's two-month-old taxi needed repairs.

A police spokesman said the Department of Justice had sent a compensation offer.


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