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Traffic rule urges caution

THE city's transport watchdog will need to be more careful when collecting evidence and handing out fines for illegal cab operations under a revised traffic regulation.

The revised regulation states that individuals giving lifts to others can only be fined as an illegal cabbie if they are caught doing so three times or more. The regulation will take effect next year.

Wu Runyuan, a spokesman of the traffic law enforcement team, said the team "would be more cautious when collecting evidence."

Some people complained that they had been wrongly fined as an illegal taxi operator after giving a lift to others.

The regulation also bans law enforcement personnel from threatening people or doing other tricks while collecting evidence after a scandal emerged last year in which traffic officials were found using entrapment measures to collect evidence for fines.

However, traffic officials said it's still hard to distinguish between illegal operations and people giving lifts to others.

Since May 1, traffic authorities have uncovered 1,127 cases of illegal operations, of which 206 were cloned cabs. Illegal cabbies can be fined up to 50,000 yuan.

Individuals who make fake operation licenses or plates are considered serious offenders and will be turned over to the police for further investigation.

Meanwhile, 18 major cabstands have been set up in seven districts at transport hubs or business areas.


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