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CanadaPort Coquitlam woman alleges she was taken ‘hostage’ by cab driver

09:40  05 june  2019
09:40  05 june  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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She said the driver told her it was too far, instead offering her a ride to a nearby SkyTrain station. Interior designer and TV star Jillian Harris took to Instagram to complain about Coquitlam -based Bel-Air taxi’s refusal to provide her a ride from Port Moody to downtown Vancouver.

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Gayle Hunter says she's now scared to use a taxi, alleging one driver recently took her hostage for several minutes.

The Port Coquitlam woman, who has mobility issues, says she took a Bel-Air taxi on May 24 to her job at Birchland Elementary School.

She says the driver failed to turn on the meter, then tried to overcharge her for the normally $7 route.

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She said when she mentioned the company had previously told her if the meter was off she wasn't technically required to pay, he snapped and began to drive away from the school.

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Port Coquitlam , British Columbia, Canada January 10 2017 The incident started in Mission City, a suburb located near Vancouver. The residence of the third male was believed to have been the location where the women had been held against her will. The gunshot victim was taken to hospital

Police later took three suspects into custody after conducting a takedown of a suspect vehicle in Coquitlam near Oxford St. and David Ave. The woman who is believed to have been taken hostage was uninjured. The person who suffered a gunshot wound is in hospital with

"I said to him, 'Where are you taking me?'" says Hunter, who claims the driver allegedly told her he could take her anywhere he wanted.

Hunter's usual seven-minute cab ride turned into a 15-minute nightmare, she said.

Coquitlam RCMP say they have investigated and that no criminal charges are being pursued.

Bel-Air Taxi officials, meanwhile, told Global News they had no comment.

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Last year a wheelchair-bound disabled woman was left waiting three hours for a Bel-Air Taxi.

"It's incredible frustrating. We've worked with this cab company repeatedly to let them know that's not on. That Coquitam residents won't be treated badly by the monopoly that is our taxi service," said Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart.

Gayle says she hopes there will soon be ridesharing options. Her recent taxi experience, she says, has left her worried for herself — and others.

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