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Crackdown on illegal taxis
02.01.2018

    Crackdown on illegal taxis

     

    An illegal taxi is stopped near Hongqiao Railway Station during “beacon inspection” on Tuesday. Roof beacons show three different statuses — green for “vacant,” and red for “offline.” The third status is also red, but the words “booked out” appear. The first two statuses can be switched on by the drivers but the “booked out” status is remotely done by the taxi firms. During inspection, police ask the companies to switch all the beacons to “booked out.” Taxis whose beacons show otherwise are then stopped for questioning. On Tuesday, six black cabbies were busted.