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Wenzhou government steps in to resolve taxi drivers' dispute

WENZHOU City government will regulate the taxi market, including raising the starting fee and setting the maximum daily fee to protect drivers' interests, it said after a cabbies' strike yesterday.

More than 100 cabbies went on strike yesterday morning but resumed work in the afternoon.

The government said today at a press conference that the strike was organized and joined by a few taxi drivers in the city, China News Service said.

More than 100 taxi drivers gathered in downtown Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, for the strike and tried to stop working drivers yesterday.

There are 3,329 taxis with more than 12,000 drivers in Wenzhou where the right to operate taxis belongs to the car owner, not the taxi companies.

Owners hire drivers to run the taxi 24 hours a day and charge high daily fees, the report said. Most drivers are not natives of Wenzhou.

Taxi drivers involved in yesterday's strike all asked to reduce daily fee.


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