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Passenger reports 'crazy' fast taxi ride

CONCERN over the safety of riding in some taxis was raised yesterday after a blogger posted his receipt online and said his driver drove at breakneck speeds on a trip from the Pudong International Airport to downtown.

The cabbie was speeding so he could get back to the airport quickly and avoid having to wait in a taxi line again, the passenger claimed.

The unnamed passenger, posting on a microblog, said the driver finished a trip of 35 kilometers in just 18 minutes. The journey "was crazy," the passenger said, adding that driver hit speeds of up to 190km/h.

"I told him that I was not in a hurry," said the passenger, "but he told me he was."

Based on the passenger's figures, the cab averaged over 117km/h on the trip from 4:49am to 5:07am, including stops. The fare was 147 yuan, the receipt showed.

City traffic police said they would use tapes from surveillance cameras along the roadway to verify the speeding, then fine the driver. A typical fine for speeding is 200 yuan (US$31).

The taxi firm, Shanghai Shensheng Taxi Co, said it's looking into the case and would reply in 10 days. The company said many drivers are self-employed and difficult to manage.

According to airport policy, cabbies do not have to line up again if they can return to the airport in less than an hour, a measure to encourage drivers to take short-distance trips.

"Of course it was not a short trip," said an official surnamed Tian with the airport operator. "The policy definitely does not encourage drivers to speed."


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