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Unlicensed cab owners face losing cars forever

THE owners of unlicensed taxis face having their vehicles permanently confiscated under a new management regulation to be introduced in August.

In a bid to crack down on the illegal trade, the ruling was approved by the Shanghai People’s Congress yesterday.

It gives police the power to seize “cloned taxis” — vehicles that look identical to genuine cabs but operate on falsified papers — as soon as they are identified. A fine between 10,000 yuan (US$1,605) to 50,000 will also be levied.

In the case of “black cabs” — private cars used as taxis but without the disguise — police will confiscate vehicles only in the event of a repeat offense.

Under existing rules, drivers found guilty of operating an illegal taxi are given a fine or have points deducted from their license. Motorcycles, mopeds and scooters are also banned from the trade.


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