Taxi companies in Shanghai will be forced to reduce their operations if they are found guilty of refusing to take passengers, according to new rules announced by traffic management authorities.
According to Shanghai Daily, taxi firms operating in Shanghai will be ordered to reduce the number of drivers they have on the road by between 6 and 10 percent if more than 4 percent of their drivers are found guilty of rejecting passengers.
No mention is made of how the scheme will be enforced, nor was a time frame mentioned for its implementation, but the new rules are said to be the brainchild of Shanghai’s traffic management authorities.
The announcement will no doubt be welcomed by those living in Shanghai who often complain of inexplicably being passed over by empty taxis. Last summer a resident successfully sued Jinjiang Taxi after one of its drivers refused to give him a lift while waiting for a customer who booked through third-party app Didi Dache.
By Dominic Jackson
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