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What the Tourist Police Does

In any of the following, please look for tourism policemen!

A . Illegal call vans

  • Call vans, which can take only passengers with at least 20kg freight under the Trucking Transportation Business Act, are freight vehicles, not cars for general passengers, and call vans not qualified as taxis for general passengers are not allowed to operate as general taxis. Accordingly, carrying passengers without freight on call vans, which are freight vehicles, falls under ‘unlicensed taxi operation,’ thus being illegal.

B . Customers soliciting acts

  • In accordance with Article 3 of the Punishment of Light Crimes Act, the acts to force customers to buy goods, to take customers’ arms and pull customers into inside of shops or to solicit customers with loud noise with the intent of doing businesses are deemed illegal.

C . No Indication of Prices

  • In accordance with the ‘Ways to Conduct Price Posting System’ under Article 3 of the Prices Stabilization Act and Article 12 of the Framework Act on Consumers, retail stores with the store area of 17 m2 or more located in Metropolitan Cities and all retail stores other than large-scale stores (excluding ones located in traditional markets) should indicate prices on products. Accordingly, no indication of prices on products within stores is illegal.

D . Unqualified guides

  • If unqualified guides lead foreign tourists, the wrong information on Korea can be delivered to them and untested travel itineraries can rather damage tourists. Accordingly, it is illegal for tourist guides without certified qualifications to provide guides for foreign tourists in accordance with the Tourism Promotion Act.

E . Ripped off prices

  • Foreign tourists during domestic tours are often requested to pay overprices in using all kinds of services, such as call vans, taxis, and restaurants unlike Koreans are. Call vans, taxis, and restaurants, which demand excessive charges from foreign tourists, are punished, upon discovery of their wrongdoings, under the Article 70 of the Trucking Transportation Business Act, Table 5 of the Enforcement Decree of the Trucking Transportation Business Act, Article 94 of the Passenger Transport Service Act and Article 97 of the Food Sanitation Act respectively.