rscole86:kingjj:bnapi: I'm surprised the police didn't get the passengers out of the taxi as it was not their vehicle and the penalty is a fine.
The Police wouldn't remove the people if they are lawful customers with intent to pay. A taxi driver refusing a fare is a civil issue not a criminal issue. The Police would only be there to keep the peace and/or broker an agreement.
IIRC Police do have the power to issue an infringement against a Taxi driver/operator for failing to take passengers. Also there are other NZTA enforcement officers (which police are part of) who can also issue infringements or start proceedings against, through the courts if required.
I will check up on that tomorrow, happy to be corrected. I was focusing more on the customer getting removed, not the fine to taxi driver.