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Airport taxi touts face new crackdown

SHANGHAI is cracking down on touts who lure passengers to taxis at the city's two airports, the Shanghai Traffic Law Enforcement Team said yesterday.

Some cabbies pay money to such touts to help them find passengers at departure areas, where taxis are not allowed to pick up customers.

The practice has become increasingly common as many drivers said they don't like to wait in long queues at taxi stands.

Chen Zhaohui, a Shanghai Traffic Law Enforcement Team spokesman, said "they would not tolerate the illegal business."

Chen said they would team up with the airport police to seize touts.

Surveillance cameras will be employed to catch violators, who will be fined 200 yuan, according to officials.

A local radio report said drivers pay about 50 yuan (US$8.15) to individuals to find customers.

One driver was quoted in the report as saying "I can still make a profit by getting customers who need to travel a long distance from the airport."

Drivers said they can wait hours at airports and it is "a waste of time."


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