Beijing launches campaign against illegal taxi cabs

08:54, May 19, 2010      

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More than 2,000 illegal taxis haunt 128 areas in eight districts of the city, and municipal traffic authorities have mapped out their number, type and time intervals, the Beijing Daily reported Monday.

Of the 128 black cab hotspots, Fengtai district topped the list with 33 areas, followed by Chaoyang's 28 and Haidian's 19 areas.

"A crackdown on illegal taxis in the city was launched from May to September," said Zhang Lun, a staff member at the Beijing Municipal Bureau of City Administration and Law Enforcement's publicity department.

For Chaoyang district, the illegal taxis mainly gathered at Lishuiqiao, Sihuiqiao and Huaweiqiao areas. Taking Lishuiqiao as an example, about 10 to 15 illegal sedans and motorbikes gathered 5-7 pm at subway entrances.

In Haidian district, over 40 illegal taxis waited at locations including Zhongguancun Plaza, the Summer Palace, Wukesong subway station and Dazhongsi wholesale market, according to the bureau. Illegal Fengtai district cabs haunted Liuliqiao, Jiaomenbeilu and Xinfadi vegetable wholesale market.

"The bureau is working on effective plans for different areas," Zhang said.

"We have dealt with 500 illegal cab cases as of now but no statistics are available from the new campaign that began this month."

Residents can report suspected illegal taxis to neighborhood chengguan security guards who, after warning the drivers, can temporarily impound the cabs.

Punishments include a fine of up to 3,000 yuan ($439), depending on the time and road where they are discovered, Zhang said.

The crackdown will also focus on the airport, train and subway stations. Surveillance cameras will be used to collect evidence.

Authorities including Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport and Beijing Transport Law Enforcement Corps are carrying out the campaign.

Source: Global Times


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