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Crackdown on cheating taxi drivers

Law enforcement officials from Shanghai’s transportation commission have long been trying to crack down on law-breaking taxi drivers.

But due to insufficient manpower and lack of effective means to track drivers, many get away without punishment when they cheat or trick passengers.

This month, officers have started to cross-check complaints made by passengers with the city’s official supervisory database to locate and punish drivers.

For instance, officers recently noticed that a taxi with plate number HW5205 had received multiple complaints since September. They looked into GPS tracking records of the taxi and soon found something unusual.

The distance of several trips made by the taxi according to the driver’s meters were noticeably longer than what the GPS tracker indicated.

In one trip where the taxi picked up a passenger from the Pudong International Airport and traveled to Changxing Island in Chongming District, the GPS showed it as a 55.7-kilometer trip, but the meter reading was 66.7 kilometers.

The driver, surnamed Zhang, after the officers brought him in, confessed he had planted a device inside the meter that added distance every time he changed gears. Zhang’s certificate to drive a taxi was stripped by officers.


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