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In an effort to clamp down on the number of unlicensed taxis in Shanghai, the government today announced that those caught will have their details entered into a credit rating database.
According to Shanghai Daily, drivers of the unlicensed taxis, known as heiche in Chinese, will have their details entered into the newly established Shanghai Public Credit Information Service Platform.
The platform was created to make it easier for government administrative departments, social organizations and registered credit service companies to check the credit records of individuals and businesses.
Cai Jingyan, captain of the city’s traffic law enforcement team, said more people may be dissuaded from operating a black cab if they know it can affect future chances of securing a bank loan or credit card.
There are of course many other perils faced by “black cab” drivers in Shanghai. During May last year, the female driver of an unlicensed taxi was abducted by two passengers in Shanghai and left to die.
By Dominic Jackson