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No ads for world event's special taxis

THE 4,000 taxis which will serve the World Expo site will not carry the names of their companies or be allowed to carry advertisements.

The cabs, painted white and carrying the World Expo logo and the image of the Expo mascot Haibao, will be identified by a number painted on their bumpers, according to a regulation released by local traffic and transport authorities.

A team, led by Shanghai Transport and Port Authority and the Expo organizer, will be set up to manage the cabs provided by the city's five major taxi companies.

The taxis will be able to enter a 7-square-kilometer controlled area of the Expo site. Other cabs will be banned from the area until after 9pm each day of the 184-day event.

All the taxis will have an English service with interpreters manning a hotline (962288) when the Expo opens in May.

The taxis, which will hit the roads next month, will mostly be Volkswagen Tourans, a step up from the Santanas in the current fleet.

About 350 will be Buick LaCrosse Hybrids.


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