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Cab impounded? Get a new one

(Shanghai Daily)

13:21, December 05, 2011

Measures to crack down on illegal taxis are proving ineffective as rather than pay a penalty to reclaim impounded cars, bogus cabbies just buy another vehicle, watchdogs said yesterday.

This leaves the city with the headache of paying to keep impounded cars that no one wants, said the Shanghai Traffic Law Enforcement Team.

To tackle this, the authority said it will get tough with illegal taxi owners next year.

"For the sake of fairness and concerns over budget control, we'll take a more aggressive stance toward punishments with the rights the laws endorse," said Cai Jingyan, deputy chief with the team.

The team said it will hunt down illegal operators until fines are paid.

Late fees are expected to be imposed too.

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