Shanghai Hotels to Stop Taxi Drivers From Ripping Off Guests

By Ilona Dielis, April 20, 2017

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Good news for travelers coming to Shanghai; the city is cracking down on 'creative taxi drivers' taking riders out on a few extra miles (and making extra money by doing so).

Shanghai's traffic authority has teamed up with 15 hotels (to start), which will display estimated fare prices in hotel entrances, lobbies and rooms. The hotels will receive the information in Chinese, but will pass out bilingual cards with QR codes that will link to a map app with taxi prices to select scenic spots.

In the first quarter of 2017, the traffic authority recorded 3,190 taxi-related violations. A total of 2,498 illegal taxi services were also reported - a 40-percent increase compared to 2016, according to authorities. Over 900 driving licenses were also detained. 

In the future, Shanghai authorities will begin working on a new campaign promising to clean-up illegal taxi services. 

[Image by Jiri Rezac]

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