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New cabs come to beat rush hour traffic (2)

By Zheng Caixiong  (China Daily)

08:31, February 29, 2012

But Jin said he was against blindly increasing the number of cabs in the city in the future.

Many local residents have welcomed the increase in the number of cabs.

Chen Chuxin, who works in Guangzhou's Tianhe district, said the city needed to increase its cab fleets to meet growing demand.

"I always find it very difficult to take a taxi in the busy Tianhebei road after work in the afternoon," he said.

But Bu Huaili, a Guangzhou taxi driver, said the increase would raise competition among the city's taxi drivers and affect their income.

"The increase will make the city's traffic jams even worse in the coming months," he said.

Local residents are reluctant to take taxis because of the city's traffic jams, he said.

Bu said a taxi driver now earns between 4,000 and 5,000 yuan ($635-$790) a month.

He urged relevant departments to introduce effective measures to improve the traffic flow and tackle the city's traffic jams, instead of merely increasing the number of cabs.


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