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Unlicensed cab drivers focus on tourists

SOME unlicensed taxis are trying to cheat out-of-town tourists near the China Pavilion.

The drivers of several vehicles were yesterday asking passers-by if they wanted to go to Yuyuan Garden or other popular tourist sites. The vehicles were on Hongshan Road, near the pavilion in the Pudong New Area.

A couple from Guangdong Province said a driver was going to charge them 50 yuan (US$7.60) for a 2-kilometer trip to their hotel that should only cost about 12 yuan. They thought it was too expensive and got out of the vehicle.

"The cab had no meter but the driver said he was going there," said the husband, surnamed Zhu.

A pavilion security guard surnamed Lu said he patrols the area and routinely overhears "black cabbies" negotiating fares with tourists.

Traffic police patrol the area on motorcycles. However, drivers of unlicensed taxis usually avoid detection by pretending to be visitors.

Lu said security guards have been writing down plate numbers of unlicensed cabs and that the list will be given to police officers.


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