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Fine for third-time offender only, taxi watchdog told

CITY transport regulators should be more cautious when collecting evidence and imposing fines on illegal operations, according to a revised traffic regulation.

To differentiate illegal operation from occasional lift, local law enforcement workers are ruled not to fine the lift driver who sometimes gets paid by the passenger unless he is caught the third time, said the regulation.

The regulation, aiming to root out illegal taxi operation, will take effect next year.

It also prohibits the use of threat or other tricks in collecting evidence after a widely reported scandal last year in which regulators set up traps to collect evidence and fine taxi drivers.

However, traffic officials said it's still hard to tell carpool from illegal taxi operation.

City traffic authorities have nabbed 1,127 unlicensed cabbies, 206 of them using cloned cabs, since the Expo started in May. Illegal cabbies can be fined up to 50,000 yuan.

Serious offenders like those who make fake taxi licenses and plates shall be turned to police for criminal investigation.

Meanwhile, Shanghai has set up 18 taxi stands across seven districts near transport hubs or business areas. The taxi stands are off-limits to other vehicles.


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