Despite pledges from the authorities to crack down on the problem, taxi drivers at one of the city's most popular tourist destinations continue to exploit visitors and residents alike by charging arbitrary, off-meter prices. Earlier this year, police and management at The Peak Tram terminus in Central told the Sunday Morning Post they were aware of illegal taxi touts overcharging tourists and were working to curb the problem. However, a return visit to the tram station by the Post earlier this week found the practice has continued unabated, with the culprits operating in plain sight in front of the building. For a single trip to The Peak, drivers were requesting HK$280 - around four times the normal price of the journey. In one instance, a driver had no licence displayed on the dashboard, a practice that residents of the area say is common. Anna Milena Hardesty, a tourist from Texas, said she was "shocked" when consecutive taxi drivers attempted to charge her HK$300 to make the journey from the top of The Peak to her hotel in Fortress Hill. "We love visiting Hong Kong and all its many attractions. This is our second trip here this year. However, while we will continue to recommend Hong Kong to our friends … we will also warn them about the unscrupulous cab drivers," Hardesty said. "Perhaps those that should be most concerned with this scam are the other taxi drivers, the vast majority of whom work hard and treat their customers fairly," she added. For Callan Anderson, a businessman who works in a building adjoining the tram terminus on Garden Road, the problem with taxi drivers overcharging had been exacerbated by the Occupy Central protests. "Things became worse because of Occupy Central. There are/were very few taxis coming up or down Garden Road, and those that were, were asking for around HK$400 to Causeway Bay, or showing out of service," Anderson wrote in an email. "It damages the public's perception of the taxi business and makes us look more like Singapore, [where you] can never get a taxi," he said. Attempts to reach Hong Kong's taxi associations during holiday working hours were unsuccessful. A spokesman for Peak Tramways said it was concerned by illegal taxi touts operating in the vicinity of its premises and would continue to work with police on the issue. The number of people attempting to take The Peak Tram has skyrocketed in recent years, leading to long queues and frustrations among both tourists and residents wishing to use the service. The taxi touts take advantage of tourists who do not want to wait in the queues. Between 1997 and 2007, the annual number of passengers on The Peak Tram doubled to four million. Last year, the tram recorded 6.27 million passengers, according to company figures.