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Illegal cab fines cost more than real taxi license

ILLEGAL cab owners in a county in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province complain the local police slap "fines" on them to allow their operation on the black market.

Tonghe County government in Harbin City, Heilongjiang's capital, confirmed the fines after an investigation but defended the policy as providing jobs for local laid-off workers, today's Legal Daily reported.

Data from Tonghe's transport management bureau indicated 254 private cars have been fined 5,000 yuan (US$732) each this year to allowed them to drive for one year. Twenty-four drivers had their fines cut to 3,000 yuan because the owners were poor.

But owners were unconvinced, saying the cost of the fine exceeded the 3,000 yuan needed to gain a legal cab license, the newspaper said.

Law experts argued that the fines created new ways to collect money. They simply induced illegal activities and legalize them by imposing fines, said Professor Miao Zhengda with Harbin Normal University.


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