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Hotel guests to receive taxi fare guides

HOTEL guests are to be given cards outlining what they should be charged for taxi rides, in a bid to stop fare scams.

By the end of this month, seven high-end hotels - including the Shanghai Yangtze Hotel and the Hilton - will distribute cards in Chinese and English, the city taxi watchdog yesterday.

The number will increase to 48 hotels next year under the joint initiative by taxi and tourism authorities and hotels, officials said.

Traffic law enforcement officials said the cards give estimates of charges of trips to transport hubs and tourist attractions.

According to cards handed out yesterday in the Shanghai Yangtze Hotel on Yan'an Road, a taxi ride from the hotel to the Pudong International Airport should cost about 196 yuan (US$31) during the day, and 260 yuan after 11pm.

A daytime trip to the Bund should be about 32 yuan, and 41 yuan at night. This is based on a journey without severe congestion, said the traffic authorities.

Cases have been reported where foreigners and out-of-towners have been charged several times the correct amount by unscrupulous cabbies.

Last month, officials caught a cabbie with a tampered meter charging a foreign passenger more than 1,000 yuan for a ride from Changning District to Pudong airport - more than five times the correct fee.

Officials advised passengers to take invoices and write down the car plate numbers if suspicious.


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