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Police nab 1,100 cars running as illegal cabs

MORE than 1,100 cars that were being used as illegal taxis have been impounded since the start of a citywide crackdown on traffic violations, police said yesterday.

About half of the vehicles’ owners have since come forward to settle their fines and surrender their driving licenses, an official said, adding that the remainder of the cases are still being processed.

Anyone found guilty of providing an illegal cab service faces a fine of between 10,000 yuan (US$1,500) and 30,000 yuan, as well as a one- to three-month driving suspension. Their vehicles are also impounded for the duration of the ban.

In the first month of the campaign, which began on March 25, there was a 50 percent year-on-year increase in the number of punishments handed out to unlicensed cabbies, police said.

The majority of the offenders were found touting for business in and around major transport hubs, such as railway and Metro stations, they said.


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