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Cabbie swallows device

A CAB driver swallowed a small, taxi-meter device used to illegally cheat on fares after he was stopped for a routine check outside the World Expo site by the city's traffic authority.

Huang Xiaoyong, official of the Shanghai Urban Communications Administration Bureau, yesterday said the driver, not identified, was taken for investigation.

If the driver had installed the device, he will be stripped of his license.

The incident happened at a check last week outside the Expo Site in the Pudong New Area. It was recorded in a local TV news report.

When the driver was asked to get out his car for the check, he suddenly tore down the little motor on the meter and swallowed it, astonishing everyone at the scene.

Officers soon caught the man but failed to get the device out by holding him down. The driver even wet himself when caught by the officers, witnesses said.

Wu Runyuan, a Shanghai traffic law enforcement team official, said the installation of a little motor on the meter was a common trick for cabbies to overcharge passengers. With the little device the driver can easily cheat on taxi fares.

But Wu said the practice was banned and that a cabbie's license will be revoked if caught.


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