Chongqing will fine taxi drivers for not speaking Mandarin

13:41, February 25, 2011      

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Chongqing Municipal government published administrative measures for drivers in the city on Feb. 24. The regulation not only requires drivers working in public transportation to have certain qualifications but also states that a driver's license will be revoked for life if he or she is responsible for the death of three or more people in traffic accidents.

The bus is the primary mode of transportation for most people, so the measure clearly lays out some rules that bus drivers must obey. For example, bus drivers must speak mandarin, accurately report names of stops, and they cannot refuse or discriminate against free and discount ticket passengers. In addition, they cannot refuse to take any passenger, and they must turn on the air-conditioner if the temperature inside the bus exceeds 28 degrees Celsius.

Other regulations govern taxi drivers. They have to choose reasonable routes or follow passengers' directions, and they cannot smoke in the car. If they find any belongings left behind by passengers, drivers must return them in time. If they cannot find the owners, drivers must give the personal items to the customer service departments immediately or they will be fined from 20 to 100 yuan. Drivers who do not speak mandarin when talking to passengers will also be fined from 20 to 100 yuan.

In addition, the measure also says that male drivers should be under 60 years old and female drivers should be under 55 years old. Qualified drivers can apply to take the examination for road and goods transportation management after they acquire the necessary driving licenses.

The measure will be implemented starting April 1 of this year.

Chongqing Evening Post contributed to the story

By Wang Hanlu, People's Daily Online
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