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City determined to root out illegal taxis

CITY police and traffic authorities said today they will fight illegal passenger transport operations harder this year to make sure that the offenders will not come back after the Spring Festival.

Traffic law enforcement officials will fan out into residential communities to hunt down illegal cabbies who take shelter and hide their vehicles there during a major crackdown, Zhang Xuebing, director of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau, said today.

He said law enforcement officials seized 1,739 illegal taxis last year, including 522 cloned taxis, and detained more than 3,900 illegal taxi operators. Some operators hired mafia-like gangs to attack the officials.

Motorcycles and pedicabs in illegal taxi operation are also targeted in the crackdown. The law enforcement officials confiscated more than 132,000 such vehicles last year.

Meanwhile, the transport department said more bus routes will be opened to connect outlying communities with Metro stations. The city has opened 68 such bus lines so far. Surveillance cameras will be installed in busy traffic hubs, business districts and suburban communities.


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