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Parking limits for taxi drivers

THE Shanghai Traffic Law Enforcement Team has tightened parking limits for taxis in eight key areas of the city.

It is another step in a crackdown on cab drivers who refuse short-trip passengers and comes after many complaints from the public.

"This illegal practice poses a threat for both the taxi industry and the image of the city," said Wu Runyuan, a spokesman for the team.

Cabs with "out of service" signs on their rooftop lights can no longer park in dropping-off and picking-up areas in Xujiahui, Xintiandi, Wujiaochang, Yuyuan Garden and the city's two airports and two railway stations.

Illegal refusals were more likely to happen in these places, Wu said.

Taxi drivers in the eight designated areas are also not allowed to leave their vehicles unattended.

Authorities said they plan to extend the practice to other areas in the city with heavy passenger flows as complaints about fare refusals were also mounting in places such as Pudong's Lujiazui area.

"The practice will make it easier to spot illegal refusals," said Cao Yongzhen, a driver from city's leading Shanghai Dazhong Taxi Co.


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