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Cabbies' toilet dilemma

TAXI drivers have been spotted urinating on the elevated roads connected to the Hongqiao Transport Hub, sparking complaints that such behavior damages the city's image.

But the cabbies, although embarrassed, said the hub did not offer enough toilets for them where they waited - and there was a long way to go inside the hub to reach the washrooms.

"I seldom drink water when I wait to pick up travelers," said Gu Xinshi, a local cabbie.

He said he had to find toilets at gas stations nearby when there was need to "answer nature's call."

Others try to find "less noticeable corners," for example, on the elevated roads.

A local driver complained on, a local website, that he once saw four cabbies urinating at the same time on an elevated road leading to the new terminal at the Hongqiao airport.

The hub operator said it would consider adding toilets.

There are at least four parking lots designated for taxis next to the airport terminal and railway station inside hub.

But drivers usually have to leave their cabs and walk a long way to find the washrooms.

"But when you leave you may miss the business," said Gu. "And the line of taxis following you will also blow their horns at you."

There were similar sorts of problems at Pudong International Airport, Gu added.


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