A GoGoVan driver pleaded guilty at Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday morning to driving/using a private car for the carriage of passengers for hire or reward, as well as driving without third party risks insurance.

Li Kei-tak, 44, was arrested in a sting operation by the police last month. He was fined HK$2,500 and his licence will be suspended for 12 months.

Photo: GoGoVan.

GoGoVan, a Hong Kong-based startup, was established in 2013. It offers a number of services including transportation of goods and deliveries, as well as moving and unpacking.

On August 4, another GoGoVan driver was sentenced to two weeks in jail and fined HK$1,000. His licence was also suspended for a year. He was arrested in June after police posed as customers who used the service without any goods in the van. Hong Kong Taxi and Public Light Bus Association Chairman Wong Chung-keung told Apple Daily that he believed offenders should be imprisoned to deter others.

The latest conviction came amid police crackdown on drivers operating illegal hire car services. On Tuesday, the police inspected the Hong Kong office of transportation service provider Uber and made a total of eight arrests.

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Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.