Shanghai cabbies are certain to be on their best behavior for the rest of this year as the city government rolls out new fines for those taxi drivers who fail to mind their manners.
As part of a four-month crackdown on the city’s taxi industry, Shanghai’s public transportation department announced on Wednesday that cab drivers could be fined as much as 200 yuan for being rude to their passengers, according to The Paper.
Other misdemeanors that would incur a 50 to 200 yuan fine include not wearing a proper uniform, failing to keep the inside of their vehicle tidy, and, of course, smoking inside of their car.
Meanwhile, cabbies found guilty of driving a faulty vehicle or one with a rigged fare meter will face fines of between 200 yuan to 2,000 yuan.
While every single Shanghai taxi driver that we’ve ever had the pleasure to ride with has been an extremely professional and upstanding gentleman, we have heard tale of some that are somewhat lacking in professionalism.
Last year, one cabbie was fired for inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl’s thigh while taking her home from school. Earlier this year, another taxi driver was busted by police for using a fake license after one eagle-eyed cop noticed that he looked nothing like his picture — which was of Japanese idol Satoshi Ohno.
Meanwhile, the regulations do not appear to include any new fines covering the way in which cab drivers actually operate their vehicle.
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