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Cops seize 11 black cabs near Expo site

TRAFFIC authorities nabbed 11 black cabs or "cloned taxis" in a crackdown around the World Expo site that began on Thursday, the Shanghai Traffic Law Enforcement Team said yesterday.

The drivers will be subject to severe punishment because the rip-offs tarnished the city's reputation, the team said.

The cabbies pulled such tricks as using tampered meters and making detours on unsuspecting non-locals.

The cabs, outfitted with taxi equipment bought on the black market, were confiscated. The drivers were fined up to 50,000 yuan (US$7,320).

The team also cracked down on taxi drivers who refuse to take passengers for no apparent reasons - usually, when asked to make short trips, which mean lower fares.

Offenders will be suspended from driving for 15 days and fined 200 yuan. Frequent offenders will lose their licenses, officials said.


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