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City tightens scrutiny on taxi meters

SHANGHAI'S taxi management authority has tightened supervision on pricing meters of local taxis to prevent cabbies from resetting their meters to rip off passengers.

A remote monitor has been installed on all 6,000-plus taxis in the city, the authority told today's Shanghai Morning Post.

Last year, there were reports that some taxi drivers reset their meters to charge higher fares. With the new machine, any abnormality will soon be traced, the authority said.

Any cabbies caught retooling their meters will lose their driving license and barred from the taxi industry for five years. Their taxi companies will also be punished.


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