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More cabstands slated for Lujiazui in effort to discourage illegal taxis

MORE cabstands will be established in Lujiazui in the Pudong New Area, the district's construction commission announced after several cabs in the area tried to rip off passengers Friday night.

The stands will have a radio-controlled system to notify taxis when they are needed and will be added at shopping malls, bus stations and hotels to increase the capacity of legitimate taxis in the area during rush hours, the commission said on microblogging site

Three new bus routes also have been added in the area between Metro stations and offices, the commission noted.

Yan Ting, a journalist for a local business newspaper, complained on Weibo that cabs in Lujiazui tried to rip her off.

"All the cabs in front of Shangri-La refused to use the meter and tried to raise the price," Yan posted on Weibo at 10:45pm on Friday. "I was going to the Jing'an Temple from there and all the cabs were charging 80 yuan (US$12.6), three times the normal price."

What made Yan more angry was the attitude of the taxi drivers.

"It's not just about money. It's shameful ... " she added.

Yan was not the first one having such a problem in the busy Lujiazui area.

Yan's Weibo complaint had been reposted more than 2,000 times by late yesterday afternoon. It also attracted the authorities' attention.

"There are some illegal cabs around here every night, but I don't know if there are any legal cabs operating illegally as you can't tell from the appearance," said a traffic assistant surnamed Yang in front of the Super Brand Mall yesterday, where the area's only public cabstand is located.

"The illegal cabs, mostly private cars, usually appear around the entrance of the Lotus" market, Yang told Shanghai Daily yesterday. "But they dare not join the waiting line at the cabstand."

Yang added, "It's hard to get rid of them as long as there is a market. Sometimes people choose illegal cabs because they're a little cheaper than legal ones. I think these people just need more education."

Lujiazui runs short of cabs during the afternoon rush hour, when thousands of white-collar workers leave office buildings. The situation also is bad around 10pm, closing time for the Super Brand Mall, said Qian Hongxiang, a mall security guard.

"Some illegal cabs show up when taxis are hard to get and the traffic on the Lujiazui Ring Road is affected," Qian told Shanghai Daily.

Qian said about 10 illegal cabs pull over beside the mall every night and as a result, the cargo entrance of the mall often is blocked for a long time.


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