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Cabbie right to refuse fare

The cab driver who asked TV personality Jillian Harris to leave his cab was in the right according to officials with the cab company.

Harris, originally from West Kelowna, took to social media this week, saying she was refused service because the trip was too far.

She was trying to get from Port Moody to downtown Vancouver.

The cab company told CTV Vancouver it has investigated the incident and says the driver was within his right to refuse the ride.

Bel-Air Taxi assistant manager Harry Dhaliwal told CTV the driver was near the end of his shift when he went to pick up Harris. He said the driver was scheduled to hand the vehicle over to the next driver in 40 minutes, and wouldn't have had time to do so.

"He ordered her another taxi. That vehicle arrived approximately 10 minutes later and took her to her destination," said Dhaliwal.

"It wasn't a total refusal. He couldn't make it for just the fact that he had to have the vehicle back."

Harris said she wasn't upset but decided to take to social media at the urging of crew members where she was working.

                                                                                                                             --with files from CTV Vancouver



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