Three people were killed on Sunday morning when a Beijing taxi crashed into a tree, NetEase reports. Local newspapers say that the driver may have been experiencing fatigue after working around-the-clock.
According to reports, the taxi hit the tree on the Third Ring Road around 6:00 a.m., immediately killing the two passengers and driver in the cab, although these details haven’t yet been confirmed by authorities.
Photos show that the taxi was owned by Beijing Yuyang Taxi Group. The company was not available for comment when reporters reached out on Sunday, China Daily said.
Li Xiaosong, spokesman for the Beijing Commission of Transport, told Beijing Evening News last year that the average workday of Beijing cabdrivers is nine hours, excluding eating or resting.
The daily working hours may be more than 12 hours, including eating and breaks, the paper said.
Fang Weidong has been driving a taxi for 20 years in Beijing and needs to work 10 to 12 hours a day. He only gets one day off a week – and even that is rare for taxi drivers.
“Very few taxi drivers are willing to take days off like me,” Fang told China Daily, adding that he used to work even longer hours to earn more money.
Cab drivers in Beijing usually pay taxi companies around 5,175 yuan a month, and their take-home after payment amounts to about 4,678 yuan, according to the same report.
[Images via NetEase // China Daily]