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Cabbies point city in right direction

FIFTY cabbies have been determinedly criticizing Shanghai's road traffic signs - by invitation.

The road facilities division of the General Team of Traffic Police last year invited the veteran drivers to help point out bad signage on the roads.
Since November they have sent the division some 160 suggestions and corrections and every one of these has been checked out and fixed immediately by technicians.

A cabbie and new critic, identified as Ding, said he had driven a taxi for more than 20 years and watched the development of traffic signs in Shanghai. He would now be writing to the division anytime he found incorrect signage.

"The division has always paid close attention on our advice," Ding said.

At one time he notified the division after he discovered Xinfeng Road had been extended west at the intersection of Xikang Road, but the sign at the crossing had not been changed. The sign was updated the very next day.

Shanghai traffic authorities, including the traffic police and the urban planning bureau, are working on amendments to the legislation based on drivers' habits and updates to the city's traffic systems.

Ordinary citizens have also been encouraged to contribute to the amendments by offering suggestions.

Shanghai's road sign system debuted in the early 1990s along with the establishment of elevated highways and was improved over the next 10 years. However, recent massive construction and the upgrading of the city's roads have caused problems.


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