Starting next Monday, 6,000 taxis in Shanghai will be ordered to give priority to curb-side customers and those phoning dispatchers during rush hour.
During peak periods, between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. as well as 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., certain taxi drivers will be encouraged not to accept fares through third-party mobile taxi hailing apps such as Didi Dache.
According to Shanghai Daily, participating drivers will be selected according to the last number of their license plate. Plates ending with a 1 or 6 will be ordered to follow the rules on Monday, 2 or 7 on Tuseday, 3 or 8 on Wednesdays, 4 or 9 on Thursdays and 5 or 0 on Fridays.
Signs will be placed on the dashboard of these vehicles to distinguish them from regular taxis. Customers are able to dial 12345 or 12319 to report cabbies seen to be breaking the rules, with offending drivers punished by the relevant taxi company.
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By Dominic Jackson