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Reward scheme puts bus drivers under scrutiny

RESIDENTS can get a 50 yuan (US$8) reward when they take a photo or videotape a bus driver violating traffic rules, the city's bus operator said yesterday.

Shanghai Bashi Group said it welcomes public supervision of reckless driving such as running red lights and catching bus drivers using cell phones.

These things are "dangerous and damage the city image," Bashi executives said.

Xu Jie, Bashi's general manager, said passengers will get the reward, in the form of a public transport card, once the evidence has been verified.

Passengers need to submit files to Bashi within three days of a violation. The company said the reward scheme covers all of its 570 bus routes.

"At first there will be many complaints but we believe such complaints will drop as drivers adjust their behavior," Xu said.

The company also said it will add surveillance cameras to more buses to catch vehicles using bus-only lanes during morning and evening rush hours.


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