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Thousands of illegal taxis seized but proof is lacking

SHANGHAI'S taxi watchdog said yesterday that it has seized 14,700 illegal or cloned vehicles and motors in the past year.

But because many of these items were confiscated without proof of illegal activity, a black list will be drawn up and proof will have to be established before the operators can be fined, officials said.

"We will write down their names and vehicle information but we have to let them go without direct proof at first," said an official surnamed Wu with the city traffic law enforcement team, adding that authorities need recordings or passenger statements to prove their cases.

The team is turning to surveillance cameras and attempts to get passengers' statements that they paid for a ride as the main means to catch illegal operators.

But these methods have run into problems because most passengers are unwilling to speak out against the drivers.

Among the nabbed vehicles last year, most were motors or motor-tricycles with only 2,623 cloned or otherwise illegal taxi cabs. Authorities estimate there about 5,000 illegal and cloned taxis riding on local roads.


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