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Tip-offs snare 38 illegal cabs

THE city's taxi watchdog said yesterday that it had caught 38 illegal taxis in the month after it opened a tip-off hotline.

Wu Runyuan, a spokesman with the local traffic law enforcement team said the number of illegal taxis caught was double that in the same period last year.

From late July residents could get 500 yuan (US$73) from the city's taxi industry association for tip-offs about illegal taxis by phoning 6535-3930.

The team had received 182 calls with the majority, about 65 percent, from legal taxi drivers. The first reward was paid to a taxi driver one week after the hotline opened.

In a recent case two passengers took a cab in the Pudong New Area on August 17. The driver insisted on cash which convinced the passengers the cab was illegal. The driver even tried to bribe the passengers after they had called the police.

It is estimated there are up to 6,000 illegal cabs in operation on city streets.


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